Make Your Own COVID-19 Gender Analysis Matrix

A guide to adapting the matrix approach for other cases

Here is some basic guidiance on using the matrix approach. Please also see the main matrix page, and let us know of any other COVID-19 and gender matrices so we can link to them.

Gender analysis is the process of exploring how gender power relations led to differential access to resources, roles and practices, norms and believes, and decision-making power and autonomy and how these in turn affect health and health system needs, experiences, and outcomes. Gender frameworks are used to explore gender power relations and allow us to break down the ways in which gender power relations manifest to create different and/or inequitable experiences and outcomes. Common frameworks include the Morgan et al framework and the Jhpiego framework.

A gender analysis matrix is a way of organizing information for gender analysis; it is a tool used for brainstorming. Matrixes can be used to identify key gender-related considerations relevant for health or health system area and/or develop gender analysis questions and indicators.

Using a gender analysis matrix will allow you to create gender responsive interventions in a systematic way. It can be used to:

  1. identify how gender analysis can be conducted within existing data sets, and/or
  2. identify key gender-related considerations for programmes or policies and how programmes or policies can be modified to take into account such considerations.

As such, a matrix can be used to identify and/or develop: gender considerations (barriers and opportunities), analytical gender analysis questions, gender analysis questions for inclusion in data collection tools, codes for qualitative data analysis, variables for quantitative analysis, and gender indicators for monitoring and evaluation.

While gender analysis matrixes are meant to be modified to meet study or intervention needs and objectives, the gender analysis domains should remain the same. The topic domains should be modified to relate to areas of consideration within your program, study, or intervention.