Gender-sensitive health policy is a feature of international commitments and consensus documents and national-level normative statements and implementation guidance in many countries. However, there are gaps in our knowledge about how gender and ethics interface with health systems.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this exciting new initiative brings together three health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health SystemsReBUILD and RESYST in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems.

RinGs is working to understand and encourage, a gendered approach to the study of care-seeking; financing and contracting; governance; and human resources.

Over the coming years we will be:

  • Synthesising the evidence base. This will provide tools, case studies and guidelines on gender, ethics and health systems for researchers and decision makers and set the terms of a future research agenda.

  • Stimulating new research. Through small grants aimed explicitly at RPC partners and affiliates.

  • Encouraging mutual learning and research uptake. A learning platform will support grantees, RPC members and a wider stakeholder group (policy makers, implementers and advocates) to share and support one another in defining, conducting and applying this research. Dialogue will engage with research findings and encourage its use in policy and practice.

RinGs wants to ensure that new approaches get translated into action. We support embedded approaches; analysis that is relevant and owned by local actors. Intersectionality is central to our work. Gender intersects with other axes of inequality, such as age, ethnicity, class, poverty, geography, (dis)ability and sexuality. In addressing power relations and social exclusion we also call attention to ethics in health systems research, policy and practice. 

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Latest news and blogs

Blog - 06 February 2017

Promoting Women’s Leadership in Resource-Poor Settings | by Adnan Hyder, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This blog explores issues surrounding women's health leadership in resource poor settings.

Blog - 18 January 2017

Power and prejudice: How does inequity play out in the institutions and processes of health systems research?

This blog explores how power and privilege manifest within the institutions and processes of health systems research.

Blog - 13 December 2016

Gender and the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Five things that stood out | by Rosemary Morgan and Kate Hawkins

This blog discusses five things that stood out in relation to gender at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

Blog - 09 December 2016

Five things I learned from the RinGs webinar on gender and health systems | by Kate Hawkins

This blog explores some of the key themes that were discussed during a recent webinar on the role of gender in health systems.

Blog - 05 December 2016

How gender roles and relations affect health workers’ training opportunities and career progression in rural Zimbabwe: Implications for equitable health systems | by Stephen Buzuzi, Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe

This blog discusses key gender-related factors affecting health workers' training opportunities and career progression in Zimbabwe.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems