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Gender and the RinGs programme

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Gender has been a core cross-cutting theme throughout ReBUILD’s work, initially focusing on two areas, but then expanded into the dedicated RinGs initiative.

Supporting gender analysis through all ReBUILD's research

Gender analysis has been supported throughout all ReBUILD’s research projects. This support took place through collaboration and discussion with the project leads and partners to mainstream gender equity considerations in all ReBUILD projects.

Building Back Better

In collaboration with the Gender Working Group of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Global Health and Security Programme, led by Associate Professor Valerie Percival at Carleton University, Canada, we undertook research to explore the opportunities and challenges for building gender responsive health systems in post conflict contexts . A paper from this analysis 'Health Systems and gender in post conflict contexts: Building back better' has been published in the special issue of Conflict and Health ‘Filling the Void: health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states’. The outputs from this collaborative work has now been developed into 'Building Back Better' - a set of resources on gender in post-conflict health systems. The e-resource outlines the particular problems and challenges of addressing gender in these contexts, and the way that different actors can start being part of the solution. Two policy briefs address how health sector reform after conflict can support gender equity, and how humanitarian responses to health can adequately take gender into account. Nine additional briefs present country case studies from Timor Leste, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and northern Uganda, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Nepal.

The RinGs Initiative 

ReBUILD was a core partner in the RinGs initiative - Research in Gender and Ethics: Building stronger health systems. This brought together four health systems-focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC) into the cross-RPC RinGs Partnership on Gender, Ethics and Health Systems, funded by DFID. The there RPCs - ReBUILD, Future Health Systems and RESYST and COMDIS worked as a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems research and strengthening. To achieve this, RinGs focused on three main areas: synthesising research on gender, ethics and health systems; coordinating research projects through a small grants programme; and supporting a learning platform to encourage mutual learning and the use of evidence. ReBUILD's work in RinGs was led by Sally Theobald, and ReBUILD colleagues Richard Mwangi, Sreytouch Vong and Stephen Buzuzi all won small research grants funded through RinGS for further research on gender and health systems in post conflict and fragile settings. You can read their blog posts about what inspired them to conduct research in this field on the RinGS website.