For over two decades, there have been conversations on and commitments to addressing gender inequities in global health. However, these commitments have not brought the necessary change to the structural and systemic drivers of gender inequities. This think piece by Dr. Anju Malhotra, UNU-IIGH, reflects on the reasons and provides three potential action points that could bring us closer to gender transformation in global health:

  1. Define successful progress towards gender equity in health programming by the outcomes actually achieved rather than by the intentions of a programmatic approach
  2. Shift away from broad and hypothetical theories of change (TOC) to more specific mappings of the progression of interventions in specific contexts, with deliberate inclusion of both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios
  3. Rebalance gender and health interventions towards a more substantial focus on changing health systems for gender equity.

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