What we do

We take a systems approach to our work and practice intersectional feminism.

We believe the systems that define modern society are built with the express purpose of keeping power in the hands of a few. For equality to exist, we must work at the intersection of academia, global health and development to dismantle and re-imagine systems that center humanity and inherently value all people. 

We aim to:

  1. Challenge how power and privilege are held, by whom and to what ends (this includes acknowledging our own power, privilege and positionality), and examining assumptions about how change happens, what is measured and what is valued.
  2. Change how knowledge and research is generated, shared, valued and acted upon to advance social justice.
  3. Co-create new models for collaboration that break down silos, address power dynamics and respect and value diversity of perspectives, disciplines, and approaches in service of an anti-racist, anti-colonial feminist future.


Lancet Series on Gender Equality, Norms and Health

The Lancet Series on Gender Equality, Norms, and Health is a collection of five papers, led by Gary Darmstadt and colleagues, that provides new analysis and insights into the impact of gender inequalities and norms on health, and the opportunities that exist within health systems, programs, policies, and research to transform gender norms and inequalities. The Series aimed to inform the global health community of the critical need and effective actions to recognize and transform restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities, and their intersections with other social inequalities—including those related to age, race/ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status—in all they do.

Echidna Giving: Gender Equality & Global Education

The GCfGE partnered with Echidna Giving to provide tailored capacity building and technical assistance to more intentionally integrate gender equality considerations across Echidna Giving’s portfolio’s and due diligence processes. Specifically, the GCfGE team worked closely with Echidna Giving to develop a customized gender marker and recommendations for how to increase gender integration across their portfolios through a gender analysis of their current portfolio.


Using existing data to investigate relationships between social norms and adolescent health behaviors and outcomes

Unhealthy gender norms and gender inequalities drive ill health for women, men, girls and boys, and contribute to poverty. To achieve their full human potential and to realize the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a more just, inclusive, equitable and prosperous world, it is necessary to understand how gendered social norms matter to health for all – throughout the life course and around the world. Using existing data from priority countries for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford led a team of researchers on an exploration in the associations between social/gender norms related to GBV and other gender-based health disparities and the following health behaviors and outcomes for adolescents by sector.

Learning form Ananya-Scaling Up Family Health Outcomes in Bihar

Much is known about the power and potential of front-line health workers to positively impact health outcomes in their communities, but little is known or studied about optimal ways to support and motivate FLWs and improve their coordination and performance. We evaluated the impact of a ‘Team-Based Goals and Incentives’ (TBGI) intervention in Bihar, India, designed to improve front-line (community health) worker (FLW) performance and health-promoting behaviors related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition. The experimental interventions resulted in significant increases in the frequency of antenatal home visits and delivery of iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets, as well as attitudes among frontline health workers regarding coordination and teamwork. Beneficiaries of front-line health care also received more advice related to IFA tablets, cord care, breast feeding, complementary feeding, and family planning. This suggests that our interventions lead to improvements in teamwork among FLWs as well as improvement in the quantity and quality of care provided.

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Women’s empowerment collectives research consortium learning partnership

The GCfGE is contributing to the global evidence base on the impact and effectiveness of Women’s Empowerment Collectives (WECs) through new research from primary data, as well as synthesis of existing research. The American Research Institute in partnership with the Population Council will co-lead the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups (ECWG) with the Evans School of Public Policy Analysis and Research Group at the University of Washington, Stanford University, the Campbell Collaboration, and the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and School for Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University, Uganda. The ECWG will strengthen, expand, and disseminate the global evidence base on women’s groups, with a specific focus on India, Nigeria, and Uganda. The GCfGE is helping to design and then implement a portfolio evaluation on WEC investments and serving as a technical assistance anchor for BMGF and their evaluation teams in the field to consolidate and strengthen the evidence base for cost-effectiveness and the transformative power of WECs.

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Landscape of Women's Economic Empowerment in East Africa

The GCfGE partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support a landscaping of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). This included a mapping of WEE related publications, policies, programs and available gender data. Currently the GCfGE is exploring the role of gender norms in the perpetuation of unpaid care work, as well as seeking to understand the extent to which, and how, economic development programs focused on micro and small-scale female entrepreneurs in Kenya are addressing gender and inclusion considerations, enabling programs to achieve sustainable economic empowerment outcomes for women (particularly young women) that enable resilience.

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