How understanding gender inequalities can help vaccinate more children

When you look at this photograph, what do you see? Although gender equality doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think about immunisation, it’s almost always mothers who fill the frames of images illustrating vaccine campaigns across the world. And that matters.

Recent research suggests that in many places the low social status of women acts as a significant barrier to children being vaccinated. Lack of access to education, low income and limited decision-making power all play a role. But why is this, and what can we do about it?

To find the answers, researchers built on previous findings from 2010, delving deeper into the varied reasons why empowering women and including men in vaccination campaigns are so important. Here are some of them.