By telling stories of women affected by the Zika epidemic, Debora Diniz has shown how the lack of a gender perspective in health emergency response leads to growing gender-based violence, loss of livelihoods, excessive unpaid care work and adverse mental, sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women and girls. As the world grapples with Covid-19, Diniz’s work offers values-based narratives for engaging diverse stakeholders in building gender-sensitive health emergency responses.

Tags: Covid-19, Digital Health, Discrimination, Diversity, Gender, Resilience, Science Communication

Debora Diniz

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region

As an anthropologist by training, I believe ethnographic storytelling is a key strategy in the use of social science research for promoting social change. Listening to women and girls and telling their stories has guided my efforts as a public intellectual. I have published academic books, papers and opinion pieces and produced documentary films on issues including sexual and reproductive health and rights, public health emergencies, gender-based violence, disability and mental health. I also work on seeking reparations to rights violations strategic litigation cases.

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