The initial focus of GH5050 has been the global operations of organisations active in global health. This strategic decision enabled GH5050 to hone its methods, establish its reputation and hold global organisations to account for commitments made to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Global Health 50/50 is also working to extend its impact, in collaboration with country partners, to support government health policies and programmes that are gender-responsive and ensure that development partners are supportive of gender equality efforts at the country-level.
Our longer-term mission is to build a collaborative, interconnected community of GH5050 policy collectives at the national level. These collectives, (composed of researchers, advocates, media persons, decision makers, etc) would catalyse change at the national-level as well as create a diverse network of knowledge production, insights and critical perspectives that will feed into, challenge and help evolve the global research impact of GH5050. The “theory of change” at the country level is based on the logic that if feminist leadership is strengthened, accountability mechanisms are put in place and health policies are increasingly informed by gender analysis, more effective health policies and more equitable health outcomes will follow.
Global Health 50/50’s partnership with The Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) marks GH5050’s first country-level initiative and will generate evidence, policy recommendations and action to drive gender equality and women’s empowerment in the health sector in Nepal. The formation of the partnership builds on long-standing collaboration between CREHPA and the co-Directors of GH5050 and responds to calls from national policy-makers for an accountability framework similar to the global GH5050 framework to ensure that policies and commitments are translated into action.
Over the course of the year (2021), a team of researchers, advocates and communications specialists are working to adapt the global GH5050 model to the country level, reviewing key workplace-related and programmatic policies of government bodies, bilateral and multilateral organisations, UN agencies, philanthropic and funders, international non-government organisations, regional organisations, and private as well as public-private partnership organisations active in Nepal. Such analysis will involve reviews of the national health sector strategy/plan (or equivalent) for its treatment of gender. It will also include a review of gender parity in senior leadership of relevant Ministries, as well as the existence and quality of workplace policies to promote gender-equitable career entry and progression. Throughout the project, GH5050 and CREHPA will strengthen the capacity of national researchers to undertake and apply policy analysis to gender in the health sphere. The research and advocacy partnership is guided by a high-level national advisory council, chaired by the National Women Commission, Nepal.
The Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) is a not-for-profit research organization based at Lalitpur, (Kathmandu valley), Nepal. The organisation’s strength lies in its diversity of research work and evidence-based advocacy initiatives to influence policy and programmes. CREHPA works across sectors including population, public health, sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, young people and adults; women’s health and rights, child rights, abortion, gender equality issues including gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking, labor migration, environment/climate change, etc. Its 25 multidisciplinary permanent research staff have academic training in Demography, Statistics, Public Health, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Social Development studies, Social Work, Law and Nursing.
CREHPA has been undertaking qualitative and quantitative studies in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights in general and family planning, fertility behavior, unsafe abortion, women’s empowerment, and child marriage. CREHPA represents civil society organizations at the National Safe Abortion Committee formed by the Government of Nepal in 2002. It is also a member of the Technical Committee for the Implementation of Comprehensive Abortion Care (TCIC) under Ministry of Health and Population. The organization is the founder member of the Girls Not Brides (GNB), Nepal and the organization’s Director is GNB National Coordinator.