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 - 22 March 2017

Evaluating public/community engagement: Implications for gender and ethics in health systems research | by Sassy Molyneux, Kemri-Wellcome Trust, Kenya

In this post, Sassy Molyneux discusses issues related to community engagement evaluation relevant for health policy and systems researchers interested in gender and ethics.

Blog - 17 March 2017

Women in the changing world of community health work | by Lynda Keeru

This blog explores gender and community health workers in the context of the theme of International Women's Day: "Women in the changing world of work".

Blog - 08 March 2017

International Women’s Day, women’s health & gender: Four things to consider as health practitioners and researchers | by Rosemary Morgan, Kui Muraya, Kate Hawkins, Sassy Molyneux, Linda Waldman

This blog explores the relationship between women's health and gender inequity, identifying key points for health practitioners and researchers to consider.

Blog - 02 March 2017

Reflections from the UCL gender and health launch | by Eleanor MacPherson, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

This blog discusses three key take home messages from the launch of the UCL Center for Gender and Health.

Blog - 27 February 2017

It is chilling: The Mexico City Policy, gender, and health systems | by Kate Hawkins, Rosemary Morgan, Linda Waldman, Helen Elsey, Rebecca King, Sally Theobald

This blog explores the Mexico City Policy in the context of health systems research, examining implications for the health systems community.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems