Intersectionality in Practice and Research: strengthening health systems

Stream: Intersectionality in Practice: how can we ensure that research in the gendered violence field takes into account multiple levels of social inequality and injustice?
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am


The health system has a role in delivering comprehensive services to women who experience gender-based violence. Along with human rights instruments and frameworks, the World Health Organization Health System Building Blocks (2010) and Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: WHO clinical and policy guidelines (2013) provide principles for the delivery of non-discriminatory services based on need. The duty of the health system is to construct and deliver non-discriminatory, woman-centred services. This requires recognition that gender, class, race and other discriminations converge and that they have more than an additive effect. Intersectionality challenges us to analyse experiences of multiple human rights violations and to consider how and why they exist. In this presentation, experience in health system strengthening research and advocacy work in Pacific Island countries is considered.


Jane Kozoil-McLain (Presenter), Professor, and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research, Auckland University of Technology
Professor Jane Koziol-McLain leads a family violence research programme at the Auckland University of Technology Centre for Interdisciplinary Trauma Research. Her work focuses on improving the health system response to violence against women and children. As an implementing partner for UNFPA, she leads a team working to strengthen the health system response to violence against women in Pacific Island countries (includes Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Republic of Marshall Islands). Other projects include a randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of an interactive internet-based safety decision-aid for abused women and evaluation of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme in District Health Boards.