Integration of sex and gender considerations into health research is critical to achieving gender equality and health equity. This includes disaggregation of data by sex as well as considerations around gender identity, sexual orientation, and an understanding of the ways in which health is determined by gender norms, stereotypes, and inequalities.   

This initiative recognises that specific knowledge, skills, and competence can be instrumental in enabling researchers to consider sex, gender, and their intersections with other axes of inequity throughout the research cascade, from conception to design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.

The two WHO hosted special research programmes-the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) – have worked together to identify existing relevant, accessible, and comprehensive resources that aim to strengthen capacity to integrate attention to sex and gender in health research.  This initiative seeks to make these identified resources immediately available to all researchers, as well as to continue to expand the inventory by crowdsourcing relevant tools through this portal.