Breaking harmful gender norms in health practices and systems

This event from the UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute will look at addressing gender inequality and restrictive gender norms in health practices and systems.

We cannot wait any longer to shift gender norms, reduce inequalities and set the course for good health for generations to come. Addressing gender inequality and restrictive gender norms benefits the health and development of all genders and is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, protecting human rights for all.

With the global health community working to ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being, attention is being turned to the barriers of achieving this goal–namely discriminatory and harmful gender norms embedded in health practices and health systems. In partnership with The Lancet and Stanford University, the ODI will discuss research on how gender equality improves overall wellbeing and what we know about best practices for addressing harmful and restrictive gender norms to improve health outcomes.


Richard Horton – Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Sarah Hawkes – Director of the Centre for Gender and Global Health and Professor of Global Public Health, University College London (UCL)

Olivia Burns – Customer Experience Lead, Prostate Cancer UK

Chair: Caroline Harper – Head of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, ODI

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