Resource Spotlight: Conceptual and Practical Foundations of Gender and Human Resources for Health

Gender and HRH © Capacity Project
Gender and HRH © Capacity Project

As it worked to strengthen HRH systems to implement quality health programs in developing countries, the Capacity Project focused on how differences and inequalities affect women’s and men’s opportunities for education, training, occupational choice, employment and professional advancement. The Project promoted research and interventions that were deliberate in addressing gender inequalities and discrimination that act as barriers to workforce participation.

This paper presents what the Capacity Project learned about various forms of gender discrimination and how they serve as barriers to health workforce participation, against the backdrop of the global gender and HRH literature. It points to the central roles played by pregnancy discrimination in weakening women's ties to the health workforce, and occupational segregation in limiting men's role in the development of a robust informal HIV/AIDS care giving workforce. The paper also offers global recommendations for future action through health workforce policy, planning, development and support. [from author].

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