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9th Postgraduate Course for Training in Reproductive Medicine and Reproductive Biology

Gender perspectives in reproductive health research

Jane Cottingham
WHO Geneva


The presentation will examine what is meant by "gender" and what a gender approach implies for looking at health broadly, and reproductive health more specifically, using sexually transmitted diseases as an example. In reproductive health research, gender considerations may change both the context and approach of research. The presentation will include some concrete methods that different organizations have used to address gender inequalities.

Selected reading list

  • Doyal L. What makes women sick: gender and the political economy of health. Macmillan, London, 1995.
  • Gender training manual. Oxfam, Oxford, 1994.
  • Population and development: programme of action of the ICPD. United Nations, 1995.
  • The world 's women: trends and statistics 1970-1990. United Nations, 1995.
  • Gender and health technical paper. World Health Organization, 1998.
  • Guidelines for the analysis of gender and health. Department for International Development, 1999.
  • Gender inequities in women 's health. Outlook, vol. 16, No. 4, 1999.
  • Gender considerations in reproductive health research. World Health Organization/Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, 1999.