The Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) mission is to conduct innovative multidisciplinary research to understand and eliminate gender inequities in health, and to provide academic and practitioner training toward achievement of these goals. GEH focuses on three key areas that impact population health and development, globally:

  • Gender inequities (e.g., girl child marriage, women’s unpaid labor, son preference)
  • Gender-based violence (e.g., partner violence, sexual assault and exploitation, sexual harassment, reproductive coercion)
  • Gender social norms (e.g., community norms and expectations regarding male and female roles in the household and in society)

GEH will lead the consortium, applying their deep experience with multi-year, multi-national SBC research focused on issues of agency and health. GEH’s unique expertise includes 1) Agency, empowerment, and social norms measurement; 2) Designing contextually relevant SBC programs to increase agency and improve health; and 3) Leading innovative implementation research to increase RU at scale. The GEH team has extensive experience building effective and productive research-to-practice partnerships that address individual and community agency and foster egalitarian norms related to behaviors such as couple’s contraceptive choices (Tipping Point, Niger; CHARM, India; ARCHES, Kenya, Bangladesh).GEH also advances the science of scale up through initiatives such as REAL Fathers (Uganda) and Growing up GREAT! (DRC) and fosters learning networks with diverse actors through support for the East Africa and Nigeria Social Norms Collaboratives. GEH faculty have expertise in cutting edge research methodologies, including social network analysis, cultural model elicitation, geospatial analysis, data science, machine learning, and social listening.

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