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Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment

The oppression of women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation with profound effects on their health and wellbeing. The United Nations recently endorsed Sustainable Development Goal 5 to "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls," and leaders consider this "critical to the success of the new [development] agenda." The University of California (UC) recognizes the importance of gender equity, as demonstrated by the President's Task Force and system-wide initiative to prevent sexual violence.

The Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment envisions a world in which equitable gender norms lead to healthy and empowered women — including UC students. The Center's mission is to promote justice and scientific advances to reduce gender and health inequities. Grounded in human rights principles, the Center's approach is trans-disciplinary, action-oriented, and transformative.


Ndola Prata, MD

UC Berkeley

Deputy Directors

Maureen Ries, MD

UC Irvine

Ushma Upadhyay,

UC San Francisco

Jennifer Wagman

UC San Diego

Please note: Funding awarded to the COE on Women's Health, Gender & Empowerment is a renewal of the existing COE previously named Women's Health & Empowerment which was co-directed by Dr. Paula Tavrow (UCLA) and Dr. Craig Cohen (UCSF)