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Health in Harmony: a planetary health approach in the making

By Sarah Sax When people think of what drives tropical deforestation, they think of what are referred to as “the big five”: cattle, soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, and cacao. And for sure, these industries are responsible for a large part of tropical deforestation. But what if someone told you: lack of access to healthcare, or high maternal mortality rates could also be considered … Continue reading Health in Harmony: a planetary health approach in the making

Can feminism really be a fix to current and future global crises?

By Njeri Kimotho There is a new buzzword in the development sector that promises a way to make the world better and development more inclusive: feminism. But how can one word be the response to so many global crises that the entire world is grappling with? Part of that answer is moving from the word to its application; Feminism is a commitment and it is … Continue reading Can feminism really be a fix to current and future global crises?

Austerity politics is the next crisis

By Lila Sax dos Santos Gomes The pandemic is over. At least for most of the countries in the European Union. Despite some of the highest number of infections since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of hospitalizations has rapidly decreased, offering no legal grounds to continue with mask mandates and compulsory home office. With the temperature rising and the daytime hours increasing … Continue reading Austerity politics is the next crisis

Connecting gender and FGM. A Q&A with Salma Abou Hussein

Salma Abou Hussein first learned about Female Genitle Mutilation (FGM) ten years ago while visiting a community school in rural Upper Egypt. The area had a high prevalence of FGM and there were ads and campaign posters warning parents from practicing it. Abou Hussein was shocked to learn the practice was so widespread and she has been working to end this practice ever since, conducting … Continue reading Connecting gender and FGM. A Q&A with Salma Abou Hussein

When Biodiversity, Gender, and Indigenous Rights Intersect. A Q&A with Pragyaa Rai

By: Yarrow Global Biodiversity is having a moment. Currently, governments around the world are deciding on a new Global Biodiversity Framework, expected to be adopted next year. The Kunming Declaration, released at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment this October, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of conservation in … Continue reading When Biodiversity, Gender, and Indigenous Rights Intersect. A Q&A with Pragyaa Rai

Mainstreaming Gender can make Health Systems more Resilient

By Yarrow Global Health systems resiliency is becoming a central concept in Global Health. Still missing from this concept is a true integration of gender. Recently, Yarrow Global Consulting put on a panel to explore the connection between gender and health systems resiliency. Sumegha Asthana, Co-Founder of Global Women in Health Chapter India facilitated a conversation with Dr Revati Phalkey, Head of the Climate Change … Continue reading Mainstreaming Gender can make Health Systems more Resilient

Bodily autonomy, reproductive freedom, and the environment. A Q&A with Maria Tanyag

Maria Tanyag is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Her research seeks to understand gendered insecurities, contestations and transformative politics in the context of multiple and intersecting crises. She focuses on the Asia-Pacific region and the Philippines in particular. Her most recent publications are: “Sexual Health and World … Continue reading Bodily autonomy, reproductive freedom, and the environment. A Q&A with Maria Tanyag

What Planetary Health Frameworks are Missing: Gender.

By Sarah Sax There is a popular cartoon that has shown up recently in my social media feeds. It generally shows three tidal waves of ever increasing sizes descending on a city. The smallest is COVID-19, the second is labelled recession, and the largest, so big you almost don’t notice it at first, is labelled climate change. The city that is about to be overwhelmed … Continue reading What Planetary Health Frameworks are Missing: Gender.