A tool for strengthening gender-sensitive national HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) monitoring and evaluation systems

Posted 08/06/23
Institution: HRP

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While gender inequality affects many health conditions and outcomes, nowhere is it more pronounced than in matters of sexuality and reproduction. Gender inequality influences the ability of women and girls to exercise control and autonomy when it comes to matters of their own sexuality (for example, choosing sexual partners, deciding when to have sex, refusing sex, engaging in safe sex) and reproduction (for example, deciding to or not to have children, using contraception and protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV). Hence, programmes and policies to address the health of women and girls, particularly their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV status, must be informed by evidence and address gender inequality.

Topic covered:

Asking the right questions about monitoring and evaluation of gender inequality
Identifying an appropriate set of gender-sensitive indicators
Generating meaningful data through gender analysis
Making M&E systems gender-sensitive


WHO (2016), A practical tool for strengthening gender-sensitive national HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) monitoring and evaluation systems.

Languages: English
Target audience: Monitoring and evaluation and/or health information management officers involved with national HIV or SRH M&E systems, SRH or HIV programmes at the sub-national level, stakeholders familiar with the basics of M&E and who use HIV or SRH data for advocacy and for decision-making for policy and programmes.

Integration of sex and gender considerations into health research is critical to achieving gender equality and health equity. This resource hub is a curated repository of resources to strengthen researchers’ capacity to consider sex, gender, and their intersections with other axes of inequality and discrimination throughout the research cascade, from conception to design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.


The two WHO-hosted special programmes for research – 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 identified an initial set of existing relevant, accessible and comprehensive resources that are immediately available to all researchers. In the longer term, the aim is to continue to expand the inventory by crowdsourcing relevant tools through this portal.


This inventory includes toolkits, guides, research articles, training and audio-visual materials that are readily available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The resources are categorized by type of resource, intended audience, topics covered and creators/developers.

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This resource aims to meet the needs of researcher in all contexts, working in all health topics and using different research methods. If you have a resource that supports consideration of sex and gender variables and considerations in health research and which is not yet included in this repository, you are invited to share it with us by completing the form below. A team from HRP and TDR will assess your submission for inclusion, depending upon it meeting the criteria of the portal and inform you accordingly. Please respond to the following the following questions before submission:

  • Does your resource address sex and/or gender variables and considerations in health research?
  • Is the resource readily available to researchers globally (i.e., published in open access journal, or free for download from a website or other source)?
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