Resource Spotlight: Conceptual and Practical Foundations of Gender and Human Resources for Health
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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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- Addressing Gender Inequality in Human Resources for Health
- Freedom to Do the Job: Barriers to Female Health Workers Practicing in Pakistan
- Gender Biases and Discrimination: a Review of Health Care Interpersonal Interactions
For additional resources on this topic, visit the Gender Issues subject category.
Past Resource Spotlights
- Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation of Human Resources for Health with Special Applications for Low and Middle Income Countries
- Human Resources for Health (HRH) Basics
- Human Resources for Health: Tackling the Human Resource Management Piece of the Puzzle