Global Gag Rule Research Working Group

Together with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), GHJG leads a consortium of researchers, civil society advocates, and service delivery institutions dedicated to documenting the impacts of the Global Gag Rule (GGR). Monthly meetings offer a platform for researchers to coordinate and collaborate to avoid duplication and to share insights across our respective studies. We also support opportunities to connect the research consortium with existing GGR legal, policy, and advocacy working groups. It is critical to foster information sharing among the partners included in those groups in order to determine what evidence needs to be generated to maximally support global and national advocacy efforts, policy change, and legal strategies. Recent outputs from the group include:

Framework for assessing the health systems impact of the expanded GGR 

In a 2019 analytical article published in BMJ Global Health, we presented a hypothesis regarding the potential impact of the GGR on health systems as a tool that may be useful to those researching the GGR and similar overseas development assistance policy changes. 

Bound but not gagged: resilience in the era of the GGR 

At the 2020 International AIDS conference, GHJG Senior Program Officer Emily Maistrellis highlighted the impressive research efforts of GGR research working group members. View now to learn more about the Impact of the Global Gag Rule Worldwide.  

2020 GGR Symposium: From Election to Action 

On December 2-4, 2020, GHJG joined amfARCARECHANGEGuttmacher InstituteInternational Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), and PAI in co-hosting a three-day, five-continent, virtual symposium to discuss the impact of the GGR to date; legal strategies related to the rescission of the GGR; and future policy advocacy openings given the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Shareable key messages from this event can be found via this link