Female-headed households is an understudied aspect of gender equity globally and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Aiming to raise the visibility of this public health issue, the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program in collaboration with the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and Countdown to 2030, held a workshop entitled “Gender equity and health: the role of female-headed households”.
Held at AUB, on January 7-9, the workshop brought together twelve researchers and health professionals from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen. Over three days, the participants expanded their knowledge and understanding of the circumstances of female-headed households in the MENA region, including the health correlates of female household headship. The workshop also aimed at quantifying the proportion of such households in low and middle-income countries in the MENA region, and at comparing the health of women and children living in households headed by men versus those headed by women. The participants gained hands-on skills analyzing survey data from their own countries.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31