Gender, women and health

Capacity Building


Capacity gaps slow down progress in gender mainstreaming

WHO/S. Abdool

Capacity building activities on gender and health aim to raise awareness, increase knowledge, build skills, change attitudes and behaviours to reduce gender-based health inequities.

When capacity gaps are left unaddressed, there is often high reliance on external expertise to address gender in health. This can reduce team or national capacity to take on proactive, leadership roles to reduce gender and health inequities.

To foster country and programmatic ownership, WHO recommends sustainable capacity building and technical support activities that empower national and institutional partners to implement gender analysis and planning tools in public health activities .

Addressing capacity gaps on gender and health is based on similar principles as in a Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBA).

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