Incorporating Intersectional Gender Analysis into Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty
A toolkit for health researchers
Incorporating Intersectional Gender Analysis into Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty – A toolkit for health researchers
This toolkit aimed to strengthen the capacity of researchers working on infectious diseases of poverty by incorporating an intersectional gender approach. The objectives of this document were to:
1. strengthen the research capacity of disease-affected countries in intersectional gender approaches
2. understand and address barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions oriented to prevent and control infectious diseases
3. explore solutions for equal access to quality health care
Below you will find an overview of the intersectional gender analysis activities for incorporation within your infectious diseases of poverty research as outlined within each module.
Incorporating these intersectional gender analysis activities into your research will help you to better understand the prevention and control of infectious diseases, including vulnerability to disease(s), exposures to disease(s), experiences of disease, health-related decision-making and responses to treatment. It will enable you to see how such things are experienced differently by different groups of men/boys, women/ girls and non-binary genders, and where these differences might be the result of inequities. Generating evidence about these differences will ensure that policies, services and programmes can be created to address them.
The following can be used as a checklist during the design, development and implementation of your research. These activities can then be mapped along the gender assessment scale (below) to gauge the extent to which an intersectional gender lens has been incorporated into your research.
See Figure 5 ► In Module 2 ►, Incorporating gender analysis into research on infectious diseases of poverty: from gender unequal to gender transformative research.
Design and development of research, including development of research protocol
•Used gender analysis framework to guide development of research objectives, questions, and hypotheses, data collection tools, and analysis
• Disaggregated data by sex and other social stratifiers within sample design
• Developed a gender analysis matrix
•Developed intersectional gender analysis questions to inform overall study objectives, questions, indicators, and/or hypotheses, and/or data collection tools and analysis
•Included intersectional gender analysis questions in data collection tools and analysis
• Incorporated participatory research methodology into research design (if aim includes transforming inequitable gender power relations)
• Included intersectional gender analysis questions in data collection tools
• Used participatory research methods to transform inequitable gender power relations (if aim includes transforming inequitable gender power relations)
• Considered ways in which underlying gender power relations can be challenged and progressively changed during research process
• Ensured research process is not negatively affected by gender power relations
• Incorporated intersectional gender dimensions into the analysis of data (i.e. through use of variables/indicators and coding framework)
Dissemination and reporting
• Included gender-sensitive evidence within reports and other dissemination material
• Included intersectional gender-related policy, programme and research recommendations that aim to address gender inequalities and disseminated to relevant stakeholders
•Ensured that research recommendations do not perpetuate existing gender inequities