Gender, women and health

Gender mainstreaming in WHO: where are we now?

Report of the baseline assessment of the WHO Gender Strategy. WHO 2011


Publication details

Editors: WHO; Department of Gender, Women and Health
Number of pages: 51
Languages: English
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: 978 92 4 150013 5



This publication presents the results of a baseline assessment that was conducted in 2008 as part of the monitoring and evaluation of the WHO Strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO. The results of the baseline assessment present the current status of gender mainstreaming in WHO as well as the gaps and actions required for implementing the strategy. Findings are presented for 16 indicators that correspond to the four strategic directions: build capacity for gender analysis and actions; bring gender into the mainstream of WHO; promote the use of sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis; and establish accountability.

The results show that while WHO has high levels of knowledge of gender issues, application of gender analysis skills and institutional support for gender mainstreaming is weak. Staff identify collaboration with and technical support from gender focal points/units as a facilitating factor, and the lack of an enabling institutional environment for mainstreaming as a barrier. Much more needs to be done to mainstream gender into the operational planning, programme implementation and monitoring and evaluation cycle as well as to promote the use of sex-disaggregated data. There is a need for advocacy to increase institutional commitment to gender equality at the senior management level as well as with Member States to reflect gender in country cooperation strategies and plans.