Provides a framework and concrete steps for building attention to gender inequality into the monitoring and evaluation of sexual and reproductive health and HIV responses, into the information systems that generate evidence, and into data analysis. This tool enables the generation of strategic information (that is, data and evidence for decision-making) that supports mainstreaming gender in national plans and programmes. The core content of the tool is applied to M&E of the HIV epidemic and response. However, the tool can be easily applied to M&E of SRH as well as other health problems and programmes.
The manual provides skills and networks that will allow users to: Improve the health of women and girls as set out in several international agreements; promote gender equality and health equity by addressing the broader determinants of health for men and boys, women and girls; strengthen health systems and primary health care approaches; involve women and men in health decisions that directly affect their lives; develop, implement and monitor gender-responsive health policies and programmes; and engage in multisectoral activities and dialogue towards addressing gender and gender inequality as determinants of health.
The primary purpose of this checklist is to assist in the implementation of reproductive health (RH) policies that integrate approaches to achieving gender equity/equality. RH programmes that integrate gender equity/equality objectives maximize access and quality, support individual decision-making and reproductive choice, increase sustainability, and put into practice international commitments and WHO recommendations. This checklist should help those assessing how gender is integrated into RH policies to structure their assessment and identify gaps and strengths.