RinGs

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 September 2017

We’re editing a new book on women’s leadership in global health | by Kate Hawkins

There is a growing interest in women’s role in global health leadership. We know that women are the majority of people working to improve health outcomes in communities, health facilities, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral organizations. So why is it that when it comes to leadership positions we have a governance system that privileges men and what can we do to redress the balance?

Blog - 09 August 2017

RinGs at the 23rd Canadian Conference on Global Health

On October 31 we will be running a training, "From gender blind to gender transformative global health research."

Blog - 26 July 2017

Global health ethics frameworks, embedded ethics and new approaches to vulnerability | by Bridget Pratt and Sassy Molyneux

We recently attended the 2017 Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference, aimed at promoting multidisciplinary and inclusive discussion of critically important ethical issues in global health. We were excited about several issues pertinent to health policy and systems research ethics discussed during this excellent meeting.

Blog - 22 June 2017

Evidence to accelerate progress toward meeting the need for family planning

Our colleague Sally Theobald will be presenting on building gender equitable health systems in post-conflict and crisis settings.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • RESYST
  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems