“Gender Discrimination and its Impact on Health Equity”


Geneva, October 24, 2014

Scientific Coordination: Dr. Eduardo Missoni

9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome address and introduction of participants

    • Dr. Tayeb Alhafez, President and founder of GHEF

9:30 – 12:30 – Morning session

9:30 – 10:45

    • Gender discrimination and its impact on health equity: a framework for discussion (20min)
      • Presenter: Dr. Eduardo Missoni, Coordinator, Global Health and Development, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management and GERGAS at Universita Bocconi, Milano, Italia – GHEF Scientific Coordinator
    • Gender related impacts on health and common intersecting equity variables (20min)
      • Presenter: Joanna J. Vogel, World Health Organization (WHO)

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

    • Gender inequities and health protection: Some critical observations (max. 20min)
      • Presenter: Xenia Scheil Adlung, International Labour Organization (ILO)
    • The economic and health costs of violence against women and girls (20min)
      • Presenter: Nata Duvury, Co-Director, Global Women’s Studies and Leader of Gender and Public Policy Cluster in the Whitaker Institute at National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
    • The commodification of health and its impact on women’s health rights (20min)
      • Presenter: Nicoletta Dentico, Co-Director Health Innovation in Practice, former coordinator Democratizing Global Health Coalition, and founder of SeNonOrgQuando, Italy

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch break

Afternoon session

14:00 – 15:30

    • Gender equity and the HIV pandemic (20min)
      • Presenter: Prof. Lesley Doyal, Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK
    • Gender inequity caused by cultural and religious practices aimed at ensuring a girl’s virginity (20min)
      • Presenter: Lesley Lever, Author, former CEO World Association of Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS), UK
    • Possibilities and pitfalls for gender mainstreaming. Lessons from mental health programmes in England (20min)
      • Presenter: Dr. Karen Newbigging, Senior Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre at University of Birmingham, UK

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:00

    • Navigating the gender minefield: An IPV prevention campaign sheds light on gender gap (20min)
      • Presenter: Dr. Sarah Keller, Professor, Department of Communication and Theatre, Montana State University Billings, US
    • Conflicts and gender discrimination in health (20min)
      • Question & Answers session with Dr. Kasturi Sen, Wolfson College (CR) University of Oxford, UK


17:00 – 17:30

    • Where do we go from here? Collaborative projects: challenges and opportunities
      • Discussants: Prof. Christopher Heginbotham, Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria, UK
        chrisheginbotham@btinternet.comDipl.-Vw. Ines Weinhold, Research Associate, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany
    • Concluding remarks
      • Tayeb Alhafez, President and founder of GHEF



Participants are invited to the Restaurant Chateu de Penthes

Restaurant is adjacent to the campus of the Geneva School of Diplomacy, where the symposium will be held.