ABOUT US

Women in Global Health (WGH) is a global movement with the largest network of women and allies working to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health. It is a US 501(c)(3) started in 2015, WGH has grown to include over 25,000 supporters in 90 countries and has 23 official chapters, with a strong presence in low- and middle-income countries. The global team and its network of chapters drive change by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating to existing global health leaders to commit to transform their own institutions, and by holding these leaders accountable.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Women in Global Health (WGH) is an organization, built on a global movement that brings together all genders and backgrounds to achieve gender equality in global health leadership. We believe that everyone has the right to attain equal levels of participation in leadership and decision-making regardless of gender. WGH creates a platform for discussions and collaborative space for leadership, facilitates specific education and training, garners support and commitment from the global community, and demands change for Gender Transformative Leadership.

OUR VISION

Gender equality within global health leadership.

OUR MISSION

To improve global health through Gender Transformative Leadership through the utilization of advocacy, training, education, research, policy recommendations, and networking and mentorship opportunities.

FIVE YEARS IN ACTION

We have convened multi-stakeholder, inter-generational dialogues across the globe and served the role of bringing together leaders across the at all career-levels in conversations about furthering gender equality in global health leadership.  We have gathered these perspectives in over 100+ events with over 1000 participants in the past year through these dialogues and multiple conversations, using a partnership and volunteer model to support our work.  Below is an outline of some of the recurring themes from these discussions.

  • unpaid/informal labour and care

  • inadequacy in achieving rights-based policy

  • need to address unique safety risks

Public Policy Factors

  • lack of coordination of gender mainstreaming

  • data gap

  • HR policies (lack of maternity/paternity leave, lack of support for nursing mothers

  • expectations to work outside normal work hours/week

  • lack of sharing/identifying good practices

  • lack of gender sensitive budgeting

Institutional Factors

Community Factors

  • internalized gender norms

  • 'Imposter Syndrome'

  • insecurity/feelings of inadequacy applying to technical roles

Individual Factors

Interpersonal Factors

  • large % travel expected

  • frequent relocation

  • lack of visibility/recognition of contributions

  • lack of mentorship or sponsorship

  • sexual harassment (in workplace and during travel for work)

  • opportunities for advancement happening in social settings women not allowed/invited/unable to attend

  • lack of role models

Women in Global Health: Ecological Model (2016), Published in World Medical Journal in April 2018.

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