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 four health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health SystemsReBUILDRESYST and COMDIS-HSD 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 - 12 April 2018

Can intersectionality get us closer to Universal Health Coverage? | by Manasee Mishra, IIHMR University, India

Drawing on work from Debjani Barman and her study “Are the Women of Indian Sundarbans Living in Dark: A Gender Analysis of Eye Health Problem” this blog considers how we might 'leave no one behind' in our work on health.

Blog - 29 March 2018

The use of social network analysis to conduct gender analysis in health systems research | by Julie L. Evans

This blog explores the use of social network analysis to conduct gender analysis within health systems research, and explores the question: How has social network analysis been used to uncover "hidden" or "soft" influence and power in health systems research?

Blog - 08 March 2018

A focus on women in the health workforce on International Women’s Day | by Kate Hawkins

Just in time for International Women’s Day 2018 the Gender Equity Hub (coordinated by Women in Global Health and The WHO Global Health Workforce Network) held a hard-hitting webinar on Gender Transformative Approaches in the Health and Social Sectors. Drawing on expert opinion from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean the speakers described a sector in crisis, and one that needs urgent reform if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and other international targets.

Blog - 21 December 2017

Ten reasons to be cheerful | by Kate Hawkins

If you work on women’s rights and gender you may be feeling a little deflated by the last twelve months. It is easy to be demoralised by the stories which rush past our Twitter feed or jump out from newspaper headlines. To cheer myself up I decided to put together a list of RinGs’ top ten accomplishments in the hope that as we head out for the holidays we can keep our chins up and our heads high. I would love it if you could share some of your gender triumphs with us in the comments below. It is nice to celebrate the positives.

Blog - 14 December 2017

NEW SUPPLEMENT Leaving no one behind: the role of gender analysis in strengthening health systems | by RinGs

We are delighted to announce the publication of our journal supplement on gender and health systems research!

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems