Council Commentary

Time to take critical race theory seriously: moving beyond a colour-blind gender lens in global health

In The Lancet Global Health, Eileen Yam, Deputy Director of Project SOAR and Associate II at the Population Council, along with colleagues from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and School of International Service at American University; the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University; and the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health in the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles; authored a commentary calling upon their peers within the global health sector to meaningfully engage with critical race theory and move beyond a one-dimensional, “colour-blind gender lens.”

The authors underscore an opportunity to embrace race as an omnipresent factor influencing global health practice, research, and outcomes, and as “part and parcel of our efforts to address gender inequity worldwide.” Tackling the importance of addressing intersectionality and developing racial consciousness, the piece also recognizes how power is centered within the global health sector, implications for today’s global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and more.

Read the powerful piece in The Lancet Global Health.