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Gender 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. 

Gender Working Group Members

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

Yara Asi, University of Central Florida

Peter Baker, Global Action on Men’s Health

Susan E. Bell, Drexel University

Myra Betron, Jhpiego 

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

Jelke Boesten, King’s College London 

Rose Burns, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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

Elena Marbán Castro, Barcelona Institute for Global Health 

Deepshikha Chhetri, Restless Development 

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

Abigail Donner, Abt Associates

Kate Doyle, Promundo

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University

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) 

Rachel George, Overseas Development Institute

Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London

Lynsey Hamilton, BC Women’s Health Foundation

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London

Kate Hawkins, Pamoja Communications Ltd

Megan Holloway

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, George Mason University

Nutan Prabha Jain, Indian Institute of Health Management Research

Allison Jeffery

Neetu John, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 

Chandani Kharel, HERD International

Rachel Kidman, Stony Brook University

Carleigh Krubiner, Center for Global Development

Roxani Krystalli, University of St Andrews

Eliane Lakam, Baltimore Mayor’s Office

Marianna Leite, Christian Aid 

Carmen Logie, University of Toronto  

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

Maya Malarski, Gavi 

Wesam Mansour, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 

Gillian McKay, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Caitlyn McKenzie, Australian National University 

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

Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Erica Nelson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Megan O’Donnell, Center for Global Development

Estelle Pasquier

Amber Peterman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Camila Pimentel, Fiocruz

Caitlin Procter, European University Institute

Nuzulul Putri, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia 

Anita Raj, Center on Gender Equity and Health, UCSD

Rebekah Rollston, Cambridge Health Alliance

Erica Rosser, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Goleen Samari, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 

Tim Shand

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

Neha Singh, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Chloe Skinner, Institute for Development Studies 

Julia Smith, Simon Fraser University

Minkyo Song

Kelly Thompson

Kerrie Thornhill, Résolu Ltd Research Expert Solutions

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

Lavanya Vijayasingham, United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health

Linda Waldman, Institute of Development Studies

Clare Wenham, London School of Economics 

Jeannette Wolfe, UMass Medical School-Baystate

Alexa Yakubovich, St Michaels Hospital

Gender Working Group Projects


At the Intersection of Vulnerabilities: The Plight of Women and Girls Experiencing Homelessness During the Global Coronavirus Pandemic

Institution: Georgetown University
Contact: Eliane Lakam
Twitter: @ElianeLakam


Center for Global Development COVID-19 work

Twitter: @CGDev
Title: How is the coronavirus outbreak affecting the daily lives of university students in Indonesia? 
Institution: Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia
Contact: Nuzulul Putri, 
Description: This study analyzed how the coronavirus outbreak affects the daily lives of university students. We strive to identify what is the impact of the Pandemics and policies related to this pandemic on the development of university students both as academicians and human beings.


“Response strategies for gender equality in public health emergencies: A rapid evidence assessment and systematic review”

Institutions: Technical University of Munich, University of Oxford, Johns Hopkins University, St Michael’s Hospital
Contact: Alexa Yakubovich, University of Toronto,

Description: Reviewing evaluative evidence on gender-based interventions implemented in response to previous public health emergencies and the COVID-19 pandemic


Gender-based violence and help-seeking behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers: Dr Naomi Pfitzner, Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Jacqui True
Website link: 
Description: This research will help us to understand women’s experiences of violence and help-seeking under the COVID-19 restrictions as well as the impact on health and social care workers who provide support during this time. We will share the results widely to help governments and other organisations understand what women experiencing violence need now and to prepare for the future.
Twitter: @MonashGFV


COVID-19 in Gaza: community practices in refugee camps

Institutions: University of Bath/European University Institute/UNRWA
Contact: Caitlin Procter, European University Institute, (lead researcher)
Twitter: @ELRHA

Kukaa Salama (Staying Safe): A Pre-Post Trial of a WhatsApp Social Group for Increasing COVID-19 Prevention Practices with Urban Refugee and Displaced Youth in Kampala, Uganda

Contact: Carmen Logie, University of Toronto, 
Description: We address knowledge gaps regarding COVID-19 prevention in humanitarian contexts. We focus on urban refugee/displaced youth in Uganda, where 1.4 million refugees are hosted-Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest refugee hosting nation and the 3rd largest globally. We will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a WhatsApp social group intervention in increasing COVID-19 prevention practices (hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing) among an existing CIHR Project Grant cohort of urban refugee/displaced youth aged 16-24 living in informal settlements in Kampala. 


Gendering the UK’s social policy response to the COVID-19 crisis

Institution: King’s College London
Contact: Rose Cook, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London, 
Description:  This project provides a comprehensive assessment of whether the UK’s social policy response to COVID-19 is gender-sensitive, gender-blind or gender-neutral in its design, access and impacts. We will gather information on global social policy responses and how gender-sensitive they are, compiling this in a Policy Tracker to enable learning from other countries and broaden the scope of existing comparisons focusing on global public health and fiscal responses. The project will further examine the extent to which different demographic groups and household types have accessed government support, and examine the relationship between different countries’ policy packages and longer term gender inequalities.


Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics & New Technologies (PREVENT)

Institution: Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Description: The PREVENT Guidance provides a roadmap for the ethically responsible, socially just, and respectful inclusion of the interests of pregnant women in the development and deployment of vaccines against emerging pathogens.
Twitter: @pregnancyethics


COVID-19 and GBV in Six Countries

Institution: Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University

Description: This mixed methods work examines the impact of COVID-19 public health measures on GBV service provision in six countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, United States, and Colombia).


Impact of COVID-19 on women migrant and refugees’ vulnerability to SGBV in Europe and Canada

Contact: 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)
Description: Research on impacts of Covid-19 on refugee and migrant women in South Africa


GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian crises during COVID-19

Institutions: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, UNICEF, CARE, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Description: This mixed methods research study examines GBV risk mitigation in humanitarian settings in the context of COVID-19 with a focus on how non-protection sectors are using and adapting existing GBV risk mitigation guidance and tools into COVID-19 response.


Ongoing Research for a book chapter: “Studying men and masculinities in global crises: Critical reflections on Covid-19 ‘lockdown masculinities’ in Uganda”

Institution: School of Women & Gender Studies, Makerere University
Contact: Mwiine Amon Ashaba, 


Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality (EMERGE)

Institution: Center on Gender Equity and Health, UCSD
Contact information:; Anita Raj:
Description: The EMERGE platform has hand-selected, adapted, and developed evidence-based measures for surveys on COVID-19 and Gender. We have survey modules on a number of topics including agency, social support, partner violence, digital connectivity and migration. We are working in partnership with other organizations to use/adapt these measures to further understand their utility and findings in the field
Twitter: @GEH_UCSD


Analysis on the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls

Institution: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Description: The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security is providing expert analysis on the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls, and developing policy and program responses. Examples of our research and thought leadership can be found below. Please visit our Resource Center for a comprehensive list of academic articles, policy briefs, and reports related to WPS and COVID-19 published by GIWPS and our partners. We are also finding innovative ways to share the stories of women on the frontlines of the pandemic, highlighting their needs and their proposed solutions. We invite you to explore our new initiative, Stories from the Frontlines: Women Peacebuilders in the Pandemic: