Working group on how to build gender-responsive health systems for cancer care

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About the working group

The working group to build gender-responsive health systems for cancer care will be composed by up to 8 women in all their diversities who are working in the cancer care sector within/Can cities.

Building upon the findings and recommendations of the “Women, power, and cancer: a Lancet Commission”, the working group will contribute to defining C/Can’s strategy in response to this landmark report. More specifically, each of the participants will be encouraged to elevate the local perspectives of the unique challenges faced by women in LMICs concerning access to cancer care, challenges experienced by the workforce, as well as system-level barriers.

The working group will run from April until December 2024.

The roles and benefits of the working group

  • Review C/Can’s health and gender equity strategy in cancer to be launched in September 2024 during a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) side event.  
  • Participate in two virtual discussions which will take place in mid-April and early June 2024 (exact dates TBC).
  • Participate in at least one in-person meeting potentially during UNGA in September 2024 (TBC).
  • Co-create communication materials on the topic, and disseminate efforts in the local context.
  • Co-author a manuscript reflecting on the LCWC recommendations in LMICs, including notions of feasibility and relevance in each member’s context.

Participation in this working group is non-remunerated.

Participants are expected to contribute 5-10 hours monthly, depending on scheduled meetings. C/Can will cover any travel costs from participating in dedicated in-person workshops and/or meetings. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Women in all their diversity are passionate about the gender and cancer agenda, aiming to achieve local impact within their cities and communities.
  • Women working in the cancer care sector, including medical practice, academia, non-profit, and public sector. 
  • Living and working within C/Can’s network of cities: Abuja (Nigeria), Arequipa (Peru), Asunción (Paraguay), Cali (Colombia), Greater Petaling (Malaysia), Kigali (Rwanda), Kumasi (Ghana), León (Mexico), Nairobi (Kenya), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Rosario (Argentina) and Tbilisi (Georgia).
  • Preference will be given to applicants involved in the C/Can city stakeholder platforms, including those related to the implementation of C/Can city and cross-city projects, as well as stakeholders involved during the city engagement process framework (CEPF).

The application deadline is  1 April 2024.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel based on their compliance with the eligibility criteria and alignment with the focus areas. Successful applicants will be notified via email and follow-up details will be shared accordingly. 

Application timeline

    7 March 2024

    Applications open.

    1 April 2024

    Applications close.

    After 8 April 2024

    Communication of results to successful and unsuccessful applicants.

    31 December 2024

    End of the working group.

C/Can would like to thank its supporters, and particularly Siemens Healtineers, an independent sponsor of the working group.

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