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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  

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

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

Jennifer Arney, FHI 360, USA

Yara Asi, University of Central Florida, USA

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

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

Deepshikha Chhetri, Restless Development, India

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

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

Sara Dada, Women in Global Health

Sara Davies, Griffith University, Australia

Shoumeli Das, India

Michele Decker, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 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

Kate Doyle, Promundo, USA

Atem Dut DeKuek, South Sudan

Ekram ElHuni 

Cristina Enguita-Fernàndez, Spain

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

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier, USA

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

Paul Fast

Huiyun Feng, Griffith University, Australia

Rachel Fisher Ingraham 

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University, Australia

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

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

Nat Gyenes, Meedan, Mexico

Lynsey Hamilton, BC Women’s Health Foundation, Canada

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

Lara Hollmann, Chatham House, UK/Germany

Megan Holloway

Jessica Huang, Meedan Digital Health Lab / Harvard University, 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

Nivetha Kannan, United States

Naina Kaul, Abrigo Studio, Denmark

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

Ann Keeling, Women in Global Health, UK

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

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

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

Cliona Loughnane, National Women’s Council Ireland, Ireland

George Odwe, Population Council, Kenya

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

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 

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

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

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

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

Eva Noble, Women for Women International

Anne Ngunjiri, LVCT Health, Kenya

Iheoma Obibi, Alliances for Africa, Nigera

Megan O’Donnell, Center for Global Development, USA

Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Radboud University, Netherlands

Estelle Pasquier

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

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

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

Camila Pimentel, Fiocruz, Brazil

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

Uche Ralph-Opara, Nigeria

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

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

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

Belén Saavedra Cervera, Barcelona Institute of Global Health, Spain

  1. 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

Abha Saxena, Independent

Radhika Saxena, SEWA Bharat, India

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

Paromita Sen, SEWA Bharat, India

Niyati Shah, World Bank, USA

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

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

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

Meghana Srinivas, TrustIn, India

Claire Standley, Georgetown University, Germany

Hayley Stewart, Pamoja Communications, UK

Joe Strong, London School of Economics, UK

Mahmuda Sultana, Oxfam, Bangladesh

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

Kerrie Thornhill, Résolu Ltd Research Expert Solutions

Michaela Told, Humanimpact5 HI5 & University of Geneva, Switzerland

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

Clare Wenham, London School of Economics, UK

Alan White, Leeds Beckett 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

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

Feminist Policy Network, India

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA

Gender Equity Hub, Women in Global Health

GENDRO, Switzerland

International Women in Mining, UK

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK


Public Services International (PSI)