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Gender Equality & Health— SDG 5


Section Editor

Sarah Ssali, Makerere University, Uganda


Gender issues and global health challenges are diverse, emanating out of a complex global context, including a multiplicity of social and cultural contexts. The Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) is committed to gender equality, with several targets geared towards ending discrimination against women and improving their opportunities especially in economics, leadership and reproductive health.  Gender equality is important to advancing global health for several reasons. One, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health are interconnected. Without attention to gender equality in opportunities, females will continue to suffer from reproductive health challenges such as high teenage pregnancies, infertility, and maternal mortality, increased risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, etc.. Beyond reproductive health, gender matters in the field of gender-based violence, access to health care services, gender disaggregated data and much more. These in turn invite us to interrogate the gender biased norms, gender responsiveness of health policies, financing and the entire political economy. Engendered by different crises and challenges, these matters play out differently in unique cultural and social environments. Advances in Global Health is interested in understanding how the interface between gender equality and health plays out in different parts of the world and what context specific interventions have worked. 


We seek out and purposefully give prominence to knowledge and knowledge production from the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  


The specific objectives of the Gender Equality & Health section include:

  1. Bringing a gender analysis to global health
  2. Amplifying experiences demonstrating the interconnectedness of gender equality and global health 
  3. Demonstrating the peculiarities of the context to the gender and global health intersections
  4. Highlighting the different novel ways gender issues in global health have been addressed in different parts of the world.  


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