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Gender and COVID-19 Working Group

We are a global group of researchers, health practitioners, policy actors, and advocates who share resources and expertise on topics related to gender equity, women’s empowerment, human rights, and COVID-19. The working group includes expertise ranging from the biomedical sciences to the humanities. We meet online on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss key issues, activities, opportunities, and ideas for collaboration. 

Below you will find members’ names and projects. You can browse some of their work on the Resources Page.

Interested in joining the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group? Send us a message!


Gender and COVID-19 Working Group

We are a global group of researchers, health practitioners, policy actors, and advocates who share resources and expertise on topics related to gender equity, women’s empowerment, human rights, and COVID-19. The working group includes expertise ranging from the biomedical sciences to the humanities. We meet online on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss key issues, activities, opportunities, and ideas for collaboration. 

Below you will find members’ names and projects. You can browse some of their work on the Resources Page.

Interested in joining the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group? Send us a message!

Mission statement

The Gender and COVID-19 Working Group consists of researchers, gender practitioners, and advocates from global health, international relations, public policy, development economics, and other disciplines with the shared understanding of the need to better analyze and address the gendered impacts of COVID-19 – inclusive of cis and trans women and men, and gender minorities – and existing inequities in pandemic preparedness and response.

Our multisectoral, multidisciplinary work is grounded in our commitments to a) the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; b) the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; c) the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and d) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – all of which highlight gender equality as fundamental to the attainment of all areas of human development and rights.

We seek to advance the application of intersectional gender expertise across global health and all areas of sustainable development; to accelerate progress toward and accountability for gender equality through the production and dissemination of rigorous gender research and evidence-based policy-making; and to bridge the gaps between gender theory, policy, and practice.

The Gender and COVID-19 Working Group promotes and provides a platform for collaboration, advocacy, knowledge and resource sharing, message amplification, and networking. Our shared feminism is intersectional and inclusive of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, abilities, ages, and religions. We commit to fostering an environment of nondiscrimination, transparency, equity, and fairness.

Gender Working Group Projects

Gender Working Group Members

Linda Abrahm, Soroptimist International, USA

Claudia Abreu Lopes, UNU-IIGH, Malaysia

Anne Adah-ogoh, Christian Aid UK, Nigeria  

Chrissie Adams, London School of Economics, UK

Oluwapelumi Adeyera, Nigeria

Patience Agada, Monii Development Consult, Nigeria

Ateeb Ahmad Parray, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Sara Ahrari, Simavi, Netherlands

Carol Ajema, Kenya

Nelofar Ara, India

Esther Arenas-Arroyo, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Austria

Sylvie Armstrong, European University Institute, UK/Italy

Clara Alemann, Promundo-US, USA

Darcy Allen, Women Deliver, USA

Sofia Amaral, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and ifo Institute, Germany

Mwiine Amon Ashaba, School of Women & Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda

Vicha Annisa Adri

Alba Antequera Martín, Spain

Anupriya, South Asia Women Foundation India, India

Jennifer Arney, FHI 360, USA

Yara Asi, University of Central Florida, USA

Karen Austrian, Population Council, Kenya

Aleyna Atakul, Turkey

Bernadette Ateghang-Awankem, African Women 4 Empowerment, Germany

Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University, USA

Fleur Baert, Ghent University, Belgium

Peter Baker, Global Action on Men’s Health, UK

Sarah B. Barnes, Wilson Center, USA/Switzerland

Susan E. Bell, Drexel University, USA

Marina Berbiec, UNFPA, Switzerland

Fanny Bessem, Favour Lowcost Healthcare Foundation, Cameroon

Myra Betron, Jhpiego, USA

Urvita Bhatia, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Sangath, India

Evelyne Bischof (prev.Ewelina Biskup), Shanghai University of Medicine China & Health Sciences and University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Jelke Boesten, King’s College London, UK

Aissa Boodhoo, UK

Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Rose Burns, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Stephen Burrell, Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, UK

Bianca Carducci, SickKids and University of Toronto, Canada

Felicia O. Casanova, University of Miami, USA

Deepshikha Chhetri, Restless Development, India

Dinh-Toi Chu, Center for Biomedicine and Community Health, International School, Vietnam National University, Vietnam

Kathryn Conn, The Women’s Storytelling Salon, USA

Rose Cook, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London, UK

Marianne Cooper, VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, USA

Dalia Costa, Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG) at Social and Political Sciences High Institute (Lisbon University), Portugal

Eve-Lyne Couturier, Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques (IRIS), Canada

Tamaryn Crankshaw, Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD), South Africa

Sara Dada, University College Dublin, Ireland

Sara Dada, Women in Global Health

Yana Daneva, GENDRO / Independent, Switzerland

Priya Das, Oxford Policy Management, India

Shoumeli Das, India

Sara Davies, Griffith University, Australia

Michele Decker, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Ruwani De Silva, SLYCAN Trust, Sri Lanka

Mari DeWees, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA

Roopa Dhatt, Women in Global Health, USA

Kate Dieringer

Daniel Dimmock, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Jodi D DiProfio, Pathfinder International, USA

Outi Donovan, Griffith University, Australia

Abigail Donner, Abt Associates, USA

Lila Sax dos Santos Gomes, Yarrow Global Consulting, Germany

Kate Doyle, Promundo, USA

Natisha Dukhi, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Atem Dut DeKuek, South Sudan

Ekram ElHuni 

Cristina Enguita-Fernàndez, Spain

Eleonora Esposito, Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Jen Evers, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, USA

Mohammad Yasir Essar, Kateb University/ Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Afghanistan

Michael Ewers, Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, University Hospital Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany

Sasha Fahme, USA/Lebanon

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier, USA

Etong Fanny Bessem, Favour Lowcost Healthcare Foundation (FALCOH), Cameroon

Paul Fast

Huiyun Feng, Griffith University, Australia

Harriet Ferris, SOAS University / Public Health England, UK

Rachel Fisher Ingraham 

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University, Australia

Paula Franklin, Newcastle University, UK

Jazmin Freddi, Latinas in Global Health, USA

Jane Freedman, Universite de Paris 8 CRESPPA-GTM (Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris-Genre, Travail, Mobilités/Center for Sociological and Political Research of Paris-Gender, Work, Mobility), France

Urvashi Gandhi, Breakthrough, India

Catherine Gebhard, University Hospital Zurich, Germany

Rachel George, Overseas Development Institute, UK

Andri Georgiadou, University of Nottingham, UK

Urvashi Gandhi, Breakthrough, India

Giulia Giannasi, European Science Foundation, France

Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Gebreamlak Gidey, Aksum University, Ethiopia

Sara Gómez Trillos, Georgetown University, USA

Rebecca Gordon, University of Birmingham, UK

Elisabeth Guenther

Roberta Guerrina, University of Bristol, UK

Devika Gupt, Sangath, India

Amrita Gupta, India

Nat Gyenes, Meedan, Mexico

Lynsey Hamilton, BC Women’s Health Foundation, Canada

Kulchumi Isa Hammanyero, Nigeria

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Bridget Harris, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Kate Hawkins, Pamoja Communications, UK

Katherine Hay, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Shirin Heidari, GENDRO, Switzerland

Tereza Hendl, Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and the University of Augsburg, Germany

Lara Hollmann, Chatham House, UK/Germany

Megan Holloway

Michelle Hooper, Health Canada, Canada

Jessica Huang, Meedan Digital Health Lab / Harvard University, USA

Sarrah Hussain, USA

Elodie Isabel de Oliveira, United Nations World Food Programme, Italy

Nazrul Islam, University of Oxford, UK

Joan Iyoha, Association of African Universities, Ghana

Sarah S. Jackson, National Cancer Institute, USA

Choolwe Jacobs, School of public health. University of Zambia. Women in Global Health Zambian Chapter, Zambia

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, George Mason University, USA

Nutan Prabha Jain, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, India

Kirthi Jayakumar, The Gender Security Project, India

Allison Jeffery

Jessica L. Jimmo, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Elena Jirovsky, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Karen Joe, Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology, Canada

Neetu John, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Ebony Johnson

Naira Kalra, Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank, USA

Nelli Kambouri, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece

Nivetha Kannan, United States

Poonam Kathuria, Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives-SWATI, India

Naina Kaul, Abrigo Studio, Denmark

Saleema Kauser, Alliance Manchester Business School University of Manchester, UK

Ann Keeling, Women in Global Health, UK

Konjit Kefetew, Ethiopia

Fatimah Khan, Sweden

Swati Kharbanda, IIHMR University, India

Chandani Kharel, HERD International, Nepal

Rachel Kidman, Stony Brook University, USA

Saerom Kim, People’s Health Institute, Korea

Amanda King, Wilson Center, USA

Amy Kipp, University of Guelph, Canada

Felicia Knaul, University of Miami, USA

Tumie Komanyane, Frontline AIDS, South Africa

Pavitra Kotini-Shah, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Carleigh Krubiner, Center for Global Development, USA

Roxani Krystalli, University of St Andrews, UK

Savita Kulkarni, India

Ruth Kutalek, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Lucie Laclie, Global Shapers Community, Birmingham Hub, UK

Kaisa Lähdepuro, Finland

Eliane Lakam, Baltimore City Continuum of Care (CoC), USA

Arush Lal, PAHO/WHO; Women in Global Health; LSE Health Policy; Women Deliver, USA/UK

Tiffany Lam, NEF Consulting, UK

Yuxin Lei, The World Bank Group, USA

Cliona Loughnane, National Women’s Council Ireland, Ireland

Dinah Lakehal, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), USA

Rina Lee Okonkwo, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu Nigeria, Nigeria

Shelley Lees, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Marianna Leite, Christian Aid 

Rosana Lescrauwaet, Wemos, Netherlands

Jessica Levy, Washington University in St. Louis and Iris Group, USA

Silvia Lilian Ferro, Universidade Federal para Integração Latino-americana, Brazil

Carmen Logie, University of Toronto, Canada

Michelle Lokot, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Belaid Loubna, McGill University, Canada

Megan Lowthers, Oxfam Canada, Canada

Ilana Lowy, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale/French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France

Sandra Macdonald, University of Northampton, UK

Maya Malarski, Gavi 

Anju Malhotra, United Nations University-International Institute of Global Health, United States

Masuma Mamdani, Independent, United Kingdom

Laura Mamo, San Francisco State University, USA

Claudine Mangen, Concordia University, Canada

Katherine Mann, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Wesam Mansour, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Mehr Manzoor, Tulane University, USA

Elena Marbán Castro, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain

Jennifer Martin, Women in Global Health, UK

Faith Mbushi Njagah, Population Council, Kenya

Kelly McGill, USA

Gillian McKay, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Caitlyn McKenzie, Australian National University, Australia

Amy McLaughlin, WEDGE Program, University of Maryland, USA

Kristen Meagher, King’s College London, UK

Luna Mehrain, Germany

Chidinma Menakaya, Menakaya Ministries, USA

Emily Mendenhall, Georgetown University, USA

Manasee Mishra, India 

Sona Mitra, Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy, India

Tanvi Monga, Ipas, USA

Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Sushmita Mukherjee, Project Concern International, India

Munatsi, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe

Kui Muraya, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research  Programme, Kenya

Salonie Muralidhara Hiriyur, SEWA Cooperative Federation, India

Nigel Mxolisi Landa, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe

Shubha Nagesh, Latika Roy Foundation, India

Keerty Nakray, India

Sharmishtha Nanda, International Center for Research on Women, India

Erica Nelson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Agnes Neray, Stichting Simavi, Netherlands

Eva Noble, Women for Women International

Anne Ngunjiri, LVCT Health, Kenya

Iheoma Obibi, Alliances for Africa, Nigera

Sarah M Odell, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Megan O’Donnell, Center for Global Development, USA

George Odwe, Population Council, Kenya

Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Radboud University, Netherlands

Emilomo Ogbe, AISE Consulting Group, Belgium

Jessica Ott, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Yah Vallah Parwon, Medica Liberia, Liberia

Rohini Prabha Pande, World Bank, USA

Apurva Kumar Pandya, Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, India

Estelle Pasquier

Isabelle Pearson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Amber Peterman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Phalasha, Oxford Policy Management, India

Denise Nacif Pimenta, Instituto de Pesquisas René Rachou/Fiocruz Minas, Brazil

Camila Pimentel, Fiocruz, Brazil

Jennifer M. Piscopo, Occidental College, USA

Amita Pitre, Oxfam India, India

Catia Pontedeira, Portugal                                                                 

Matt Price

Caitlin Procter, European University Institute, Italy

Nuzulul Putri, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia 

Lara Quarterman

Isabel Quilter, Girl Effect, UK

Laura Radcliffe, University of Liverpool, UK

Anita Raj, University of California San Diego, USA

Anuradha Rajan, South Asia Women Foundation India, India

Uche Ralph-Opara, Nigeria

Ravi Ram, Madhira Institute and PHM Africa, Kenya

Patricia Duarte Rangel, Brazil

Bahie Mary Rassekh, The World Bank and the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education

Manita Ray, Capital Human, Australia

Nina Regenold, University College London (UCL), UK

Sara Reis, UK Women’s Budget Group, UK

Michelle Remme, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Malaysia

Eva Roca, USA

Rebekah Rollston, Cambridge Health Alliance, USA

Erica Rosser, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Madhavi Roy, India

Arne Ruckert, Global One Health Network and University of Ottawa, Canada

Natalia Rueda, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Colombia

Maryam Rumaney, South Africa

Belén Saavedra Cervera, Barcelona Institute of Global Health, Spain

O. G. Sajitha, India

Nikou Salamat, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Canada

Goleen Samari, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Jess Sanggyeong Je, Griffith University, Australia

Justine Sass, UNESCO, France

Tessa Saturday, JHU Center of American Indian Health, USA

Abha Saxena, Independent

Radhika Saxena, SEWA Bharat, India

Ayden Scheim, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, USA

Paromita Sen, SEWA Bharat, India

Ephraim Kumi Senkyire, Ghana Health Service, Ghana

Niyati Shah, World Bank, USA

Sonal Shah, The Urban Catalysts, India

Tim Shand

Divita Shandilya, India

Bonita B. Sharma, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Vandana Sharma, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, USA

Gilla Shapiro, Canada

Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, University of Southern Maine; Harvard University, USA

Jeevika Shiv

Lokpriy Shrma, JSGS-University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Chandrika Singh, Niger

Kelly Shephard, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Jenna Sherman, Meedan Digital Health Lab / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Abha Shri Saxena, Independent Researcher & Consultant, USA

Sarah Simpson, EquiACT; University of NSW, Australia

Neha Singh, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Chloe Skinner, Institute for Development Studies, UK

Eusebius Small, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Julia Smith, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Laura Somoggi, The Womanity Foundation, Switzerland

Alexandra Solomon, Independent Researcher, USA

Minkyo Song

Cory Spencer, Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, USA

Melysa Sperber, AKB Strategies, USA

Esther Spindler, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Meghana Srinivas, TrustIn, India

Claire Standley, Georgetown University, Germany

Caroline Stein, US

Hayley Stewart, Pamoja Communications, UK

Joe Strong, London School of Economics, UK

Mahmuda Sultana, Oxfam, Bangladesh

Aisling Swaine, University College Dublin, Ireland

Heang-Lee Tan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Malaysia

Anna Tarrant, University of Lincoln, UK

Nabila Tasneem Anonnya, Brac University, Bangladesh

Kelly Thompson

Lisa Thorley, University of Leeds, UK

Kerrie Thornhill, Résolu Ltd Research Expert Solutions

Ananya Tiwari, USA

Michaela Told, Humanimpact5 HI5 & University of Geneva, Switzerland

Joana Bessa Topa, Maia University, Portugal

Jacqui True 

Katherine Twamley, UCL, UK

Carol Tyroler, Senior Gender and Research Advisor, Overseas Strategic Consulting

Luissa Vahedi, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Petra Verdonk, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands

Lavanya Vijayasingham, United Nations University, Malaysia

Julia Fäldt Wahengo, Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark

Linda Waldman, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Margaret Walton-Roberts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Charlotte Waltz, University College Cork, Ireland/The Netherlands

Wendy Weidner, Alzheimer’s Disease International, UK

Clare Wenham, London School of Economics, UK

Alan White, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Gemma Williams, Birmingham City University, UK

Timothy Williams, Proteknon, India

Linda Witong Abrahm, Soroptimist International, USA

Jeannette Wolfe, UMass Medical School-Baystate, USA

Shannon Wood, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Liana R Woskie, London School of Economics, UK & Harvard Global Health Institute, USA

Alexa Yakubovich, St Michaels Hospital; University of Toronto, Canada

Alicia Yamin, Harvard University, USA

Afsana Yeamin, James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Ania Zbyszewska, Carleton University, Canada

Zahra Zeinali, The Rockefeller Foundation-Boston University 3-D Commission, Iran

Anja Zinke-Allmang, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Julia Zulver, Ladysmith, Canada



Chatham House, UK

Data2X, USA

Engender, UK

Feminist Policy Network, India

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA

Gender Equity Hub, Women in Global Health

GENDRO, Switzerland

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)

International Women in Mining, UK

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Orchid Project, UK


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