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 - 24 October 2016

The Role of Men in Improving Maternal Health | by Sana Contractor, ASM Shahabuddin, Linda Waldman, Asha George, Rosemary Morgan

This blog explores the role of men in maternal health and asks: does an inherent tension exist?

Blog - 20 October 2016

Gender, leadership and governance: what did we learn from the World Health Summit? | by By Sally Theobald, RinGs and ReBUILD

This blog discusses lessons learned at the World Health Summit in response to gender, leadership, and governance.

Blog - 18 October 2016

Women and Leadership within the Cambodian Health Sector | by Sreytouch Vong and Bandeth Ros

This blog discusses key constraining and enabling factors affecting women’s career advancement within the health sector in Cambodia

News - 18 October 2016

Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs): Building Stronger Health Systems at #HSR2016

A summary of RinGs' events and sessions at #HSR2016

Blog - 14 October 2016

Gender & Health System Leadership: Increasing Women’s Representation at the Top | by Radhika Arora, Esther Nakkazi and Rosemary Morgan

This blog explores strategies to increase representation of women in health system leadership

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems