Gender equality and nondiscrimination are key dimensions of any effort to increase the number, availability, and quality of health workers, and in turn of health services. With a focus on capacity-building at the individual and institutional levels, CapacityPlus endeavored to enable governments and other health systems stakeholders to advocate for, design, and implement activities that lead to more equitable health workforces.
While country stakeholders recognize the importance of their current and future health workforce and are striving to strengthen this vital resource, they may not be fully aware of the ways in which gender discrimination and unequal opportunities impede efforts to develop, efficiently deploy, and fairly compensate their health workforces nor of the impact of discrimination on the provision of quality family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other health care. Leaders from national ministries of health, finance, labor, and education, as well as from health professional councils, health training institutions, and health facilities can play a key role in identifying and addressing gender discrimination in the workplace. To aid in their efforts, CapacityPlus laid a foundation for advancing HRH stakeholders’ understanding of the effects of gender discrimination throughout the health worker life cycle through eLearning courses, gender advocacy tools, and a systematic and expert literature review.