WHA70: Priorities for the next WHO Director-General

Date: 23rd of May 2017 Time: 12-2:00 PM Place: Geneva Press Club The Global Health Council and MSH organized a discussion-focused side event to talk about what the main priorities of the next Director General of World Health Organization should be, with recommendations from the events to be forwarded later on to the new DG and disseminated publicly. The main keynote speaker was United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price who emphasized that the US fully and strongly supports WHO. Price believes that health emergencies, including disease outbreaks, are an alarming issue and that the next DG should have as a priority to achieve global health security. He highlighted the imp

Countdown to Next DG: Get to know the 3 WHO DG candidates

All eyes are on the WHO DG election this week. The election reflects hard choices as the leading health agency faces increasing challenges such as the political unrest, climate change, increasing inequities in the world, criticisms of inefficiency and budgetary constraints, among others. The decision impacts the health of over 7 billion people in the world making the question of criteria for determining the results of the vote a very legitimate and important one. Will the election be based on candidates’ merit, credibility and past experience or will the geopolitical motives play integral role? A lot of speculation is being made as the process gets into its final stage. Amidst the uncertaint

Women Leaders: Judged by Different Standards?

With the WHO Director General elections less than a week away -- and elections being on everyone’s mind. Women in Global Health applies a gender lens to the election and asks what role gender bias may have played in assessing the three candidates? None of us is born biased for or against different genders, races, religions and beyond. Gender bias is linked to deep rooted gender norms, driven by history, culture, society and much more that shape us all. In this blog we cite a recent NYTimes piece and other releases, about the DG election to show that even serious journalists trained to report facts can slip into gender bias to the disadvantage of highly qualified women in global health. And

Advancing Women's Leadership in Global Health

Women in Global Health was present that the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne earlier this month. Our workshop and panel on "Advancing Women's Leadership in Global Health", facilitated by Mariam Parwaiz from the WGH Communications team and Rangi de Silva from Global Ideas, marked the first time we brought a non-binary perspective to our event, and we applied the gender lens to the Congress and the work they do. Read our workshop facilitation below. The objectives of the WCPH workshop were to discuss barriers public health practitioners face in their roles due to their personal gender, to apply a gender lens to discussing these barriers, to reflect upon our own gender biases, and t

Advancing health labour market data, analysis and tracking: The Importance of Gender-Disaggregated D

The 3rd annual World Health Worker Week was held April 2-8, 2017. In celebration of this event, Women in Global Health reflected on the High-Level Ministerial Meeting we attended in December 2016. This meeting was hosted jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Health Organization (WHO), and responded to the request of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth to convene stakeholders before the end of 2016 to agree on a five-year action plan to implement the Commission’s recommendations. Gender disaggregated data in the health workforce is essential. Such data can contribute t

Being courageous, being authentic, being brave: Women’s leadership in the 21st Century

Leading bravely, the theme of this year’s GlobeMed summit, sparked inspiring conversations about what it means to lead in today’s context; cultural pluralism, social justice, activism were at the center of the discussions over this two-day event. Moreover the theme highlighted women leading, particularly women of color, through the event’s keynotes. Their messages of being courageous, being authentic, and being brave resonated throughout the summit. I had the opportunity to introduce the keynote session on Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century, bringing greater visibility to the context of what it means to be a woman and uncover some of the power and privileges that impact the experience of

A much needed makeover: reshaping the leadership pyramid of women in academic global health

The topic and discussion of empowering women as leaders in global health academia often stops at acknowledgments and reflections on women’s leadership. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is taking action to change that through the formation of the Women’s Leadership in Academic Global Health working group. CUGH strives to support universities as a transformative force in global health. A multitude of events took place at the annual conference that focused on gender equality including a lively and highly participatory panel titled “The Ripple Effect: Promoting Female Leadership in Academic Global Health” and a Meet & Greet event with the organizers of the Women Leaders in

Women Leader Spotlight: Dr. Michele Barry, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health an

As Women in Global Health are implementing partners to the inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health conference at Stanford University this October 12th, we interviewed Dr. Michele Barry, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Global Health at Stanford University to get an insight into the 'aha' moment that brought this conference idea to fruition and her own career path as a women leader in global health. Tell us about the Women Leaders in Global Health conference. The Women Leaders in Global conference is an international convening of both women and men to engage in discussions around how to address the gender gap in global health leadership. Th

If not now, then when? Women Leading Bravely in Global Health

Did you know that 80% of students in global health are women, but less than 25% go on to lead global health efforts? Evidence suggests women in the global health field are often not visible or publicly recognized for their contributions. They often become discouraged for a multitude of factors and barriers – career, work-life balance, personal security, displacement, physical, cultural, economic, environmental – and many more. The context of global health leadership is critical to set the stage for the future of global health from the perspective of advancing equity through an intersectional lens. Leadership in global health should consider geography, gender, and generation, as each perspect

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