This is Gender (In)Equality 2023: a call to contribute your work

15 March, 2023

Call to all HIFA colleagues working in global health, to gender equality activists and artists to contribute your work and change how and what people see when we say gender and health, gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and work, and gender and planetary health..

Global health has an image problem. Often produced by Western photographers and depicting abjection and vulnerability, the standard images used to promote and express the work of the sector risk reinforcing a colonial and othering gaze.

The This is Gender (In)Equality Open Call aims to collate diverse representations of gendered power, relationships, and experiences, from the intimate private space of the household to the highest levels of political decision-making. We invite submissions from the artistic community and from health workers, activists, journalists, researchers and feminists from around the world. Gender equality matters. For every person. For every place.

Building on the foundation of two successful photography competitions This is Gender 2020 and This is Gender 2021, our third edition aims to be the most inclusive yet. In 2023, This is Gender (In)Equality is accepting all forms of still visual media including for example mixed media photography, illustration, drawing, painting, collages or new media.

The ‘This is Gender (In)Equality 2023’ call for images and art contributions runs from International Women’s day 8th March to 23rd April 2023 and we need your help to capture the diverse gendered ways lives are currently being impacted and changed in

i) Gender (In)Equality and health;

ii) Gender (In)Equality at work;

iii) Gender (In)Equality & planetary health; and

iv) Gender (In)Equality & sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

A panel of international experts in photography, visual culture, gender and global health (including Afghanistan journalist Zahra Joya, global health consultant Dr Marion Lynch and writer and psychologist Dr Thirusha Naidu) will select a collection of entries that will feature in our online exhibition as well as in Global Health 50/50’s annual Global Report and Gender & Health Index. For each of the themes, one image will be recognised with a financial award of £500 pounds.

The 2021 contest was launched via a high-impact photo essay in The Guardian. In 2023 we plan to partner with a similar global media outlet and engage with a range of impactful publications to raise the profile of the images and artists as well as disseminate the messages of the This is Gender (In)Equality initiative. Furthermore, The This is Gender (In)Equality 2023 Collection will be exhibited through an online platform.

What do I do next?

Click here for submission information. Each entrant may submit up to two individual submissions accompanied by the following elements:

- A brief narrative on the significance of the image to the theme(s) of the photo contest

- Where and when the photo was taken

- Short artist biography

- Acceptance of the This is Gender (In)Equality 2023 Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions in the link carefully before completing the entry.


Dr Marion Lynch

Professor Marion Lynch RN RMN


Twitter: drmarionlynch

Phone: (0044) 7776244192

Global Health Consultant.

Director: Quality Education and Research Ltd.

Visiting Professor. Uni. West London.

Charity Trustee. Paintings in Hospitals

Charity Director: Fiona Foundation for Kids.

Clinical Associate. Primary Care International

Volunteer Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.