Shirin Heidari

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Dr. Shirin Heidari PHD
GENDRO, Founding President; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Senior Researchers

Dr Shirin Heidari is the founding president of GENDRO, an association with the mission to advance gender-sensitive research and data analysis. She is also Senior Researcher at Global Health Centre and Research Affiliate of Gender Centre, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is the Principal Investigator of a multi-country multi-disciplinary research project on sexual and reproductive health in forced displacement. Dr Heidari also serves as Senior Technical Advisor on Gender to the World Health Organization, where she provides technical and scientific advice and strategic support on mainstreaming gender into the work of WHO departments and normative guidelines.

Previously, Dr Heidari was the Executive Director of Reproductive Health Matters and Editor-in-Chief of its peer-reviewed journal. Between 2007 and 2014, she oversaw the Research Promotion department of the International AIDS Society and was the Executive Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). At IAS, she spearheaded efforts towards gender-sensitive research and programme delivery, particularly within the HIV field. She introduced the first editorial gender policy for an HIV journal.

Dr Heidari received her doctorate at Karolinska Institute in 2001, where she continued her research in the HIV field until her move to Geneva.

As a feminist and human rights advocate, she has served as a board member of Amnesty International, Sweden, where she advocated for the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and the right to health. Dr Heidari established and co-chaired a Gender Policy Committee while a member of the Council of European Association of Science Editors. She led the development of the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines to help address the gender bias in scholarly communication. She has given a TEDx talk encouraging gender-sensitive research and scholarly communication and is a commissioner of the Lancet Commission on Women and Cancer.


Country / Countries of Residence: Switzerland

Professional Background

Working Experience

Working experience in Gender Equality since:  2002

Professional Position / Role

Researcher / Scolar

Area of Expertise

Scientific expertise
Facilitation expertise

Sectors of Work Experience

Universities and Higher Education Sector
Research Funding Organisations
Civil Society

Additional Information

Online Visibility

Twitter ID: @heidari_s

Availability for Trainings

Availability for Training Formats ONLINE

Training Session (duration: half day up to two days)

Speaker in a webinar (duration: up to half day)

Availability for Training Formats IN-PERSON

Training ession (duration: half day up to two days)
Training Programme (duration: a week and more)
Speaker in an event (duration: up to half a day)

Willing to travel abroad for trainings: yes

Target Groups

Decision-makers (middle management)
Gender Equality researchers / scholars
Staff assigned to recruitment procedures
Staff in charge of research planning and coordination / support to research projects
Team members of Gender Equality committees and / or working groups

Training Content Types

Gender+: Basic definitions and concepts
Gender Equality Plan: Introduction
Gender Equality Plan: Design and implementation
Institutional gender analysis
Gender bias in recruitment, promotion and career management
Sex and gender dimension in research content

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