The mission of the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) is to improve population health and development by improving the status, opportunities and safety of women and girls, globally. The Center focuses on conducting innovative global public health research, medical and academic training, and development and evaluation of evidence-based policies and practices related to:
• gender inequities (girl child marriage, son preference and daughter aversion) and
• gender-based violence (partner violence, sexual assault & exploitation, sex trafficking).
The overarching goal of the Center is to reduce gender inequities and gender-based violence, as such reductions are key to improving sexual, reproductive, and maternal and child health. To achieve this mission of creating sustainable and large-scale change, the Center seeks and maintains partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies around the globe. A social justice framework is utilized by the Center across these efforts, and innovative technologies are employed to facilitate and accelerate change at individual, community and national levels.
GEH was developed in 2012 at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) to increase the focus of research, training and evidence-based program and policy, related to the impact of gender inequities on population health concerns across low resource settings around the world. Our Center has 8 faculty of medicine and includes more than 20 separate research projects in South Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the US. A key area of focus that we have led includes engaging our 10 campus University of California system to focus on integration of reproductive and family planning research and programmatic work, with gender equity and women's empowerment approaches. GEH's current research efforts are funded by the US and other governments, foundations and other donors to advance the scientific field and to support evidence-based policy and practice for population-level impact.