The workshop took place on 22 September 2014 at the Institute for Political Science in Heidelberg, Germany. It was broadly advertised on Facebook (BISA Global Health Working Group page) and Twitter (@healthandIR) with continuous tweets on all activities and contributions throughout the day.
Two speakers gave their presentations via Skype, which allowed the attendees to also enjoy input from across the Atlantic. The two morning sessions addressed (I) gender and global health interfaces; and (II) Gender and health: International Political Economy and national policies. The afternoon session opened up to (III) Feminism, discourses and global health; and (IV) a discussion of next steps.
The speakers and the general audience engaged in the workshop with great enthusiasm and all expressed their interest in staying in touch and exploring possibilities for future collaboration on the issues raised over the course of the day. Overall, three clusters of research interest can be extracted from this BISA workshop:
- Challenges in overcoming misconceptions when addressing gender and health (e.g.: global gender justice in respect to sex selection; or men who have sex with women in policy documents about the global health threat of HIV/AIDS)
- Concurrent levels of analysis (local/global) for gender issues in global health (e.g.: in regard to the impact of austerity measures on women’s health or the access to quality health services)
- Contexts and/or stakeholders of global health policy formulation (e.g.: securitization of conflict states; authoritarian regimes; ambiguous role of civil society actors; transnational movements)
At the end of the workshop, a number of possible next steps were discussed:
- Use the tightened network of gender and health researchers and practitioners; see list attached.
- Possible special journal issue (for further details and/or ideas, please contact Dr. Sophie Harman: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A “Part II” Workshop based in the UK with more gender experts and the added value for global health policy formulation and post-2015 goals
- Potential collaborative work on an edited book. For more details about a publication examining the health-gender-security nexus, please contact Prof. Colleen O’Manique: email@example.com
Please see the Participant List.
A BISA Workshop funded by
BISA Global Health Working Group
BISA Gendering International Relations Working Group
and with support of evaplan GmbH am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany