Pioneers - the story of the Women in Global Health Germany, our first pilot chapter (#WghGER)

At this year’s World Health Summit, Women in Global Health hosted our third “Meet and Greet” with a special feature on the story of the Women in Global Health Germany Chapter, #WghGER. A story of the power of community, a group of esteemed, highly motivated women, led by Sabine Ludwig and Ilona Kickbush, started gathering in the Summer of 2017 together in Berlin - the latest bustling hub of Global Health in Europe - to pave the way for bringing local context to the global movement of Women in Global Health. Changing the pace of the World Health Summit, we started this lunch time session with speed dating, creating an opportunity for summit participants to get to meet new people that had at l

Women leaders speak out: Gender Equality in the Global Health workforce - working for a new status q

The World Health Summit took place in Berlin in October 2017, with one of the very first panels investigating Gender Equality within the global health workforce. The organisers - Women in Global Health and Monash University, supported by Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs) - organised an impressive panel to debate the challenges, and how far we have come, in promoting women as leaders in health. Keynote speaker, Dr. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany offered a policy perspective, arguing that it is important to strengthen women’s collective positioning and bring forward their ownership and support. Heidemarie pointed out th

Gender Equality within the Global Health Workforce Workshop event summary

The Gender Equality within the Global Health Workforce Workshop was held on October 15th at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Vice President of Friends of the Global Fund Europe, summed up the Gender Equality Within the Global Health Workforce nicely when she said, “One woman is important, but many women change situations.” The panel of speakers at the Gender Equality in the Global Health Workforce seminar featured strong, brilliant women, such as Heidemarie, Olawumni Oduyebo, Charlotte Rees-Sidhu, and Tana Wuliji. One of the first things I noticed going in was that there were no men on the panel. It might have been interesting to see what men are doing t

Reflections on the Executive Presence Workshop

“Close your eyes and visualize a person of power” challenged Chantal Bellow to an audience comprised of 51 women leaders from around the world. The Executive Presence Workshop held on 11th October at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, aimed at giving practical tools to own and claim power by reframing the stories we tell ourselves. By definition Executive Presence is the physical embodiment of power. However, what does power mean in different cultures around the world and how does it influence our beliefs systems and behaviours? Our cultural background and beliefs systems influence the stories we tell ourselves and those stories are the engine system of our actions as in

A resounding success! Reflections on the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference

On 12 October 2017, 390 women and 20 men from 68 countries and 250 institutions came together at the Stanford University campus in California for the first ever Women Leaders in Global Health Conference. The conference, hashtagged as #WLGH17 on Twitter, was organised by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, along with many supporters, including Women in Global Health, who were an implementing partner. Women make up 75% of the healthcare workforce globally, yet occupy less than 25% of the most influential leadership positions in global health. This discrepancy is not because of a lack of capable women leaders in global health; the stellar attendees at this conference were a tes

Interview with Kavita Ramdas, speaker at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference

Kavita Ramdas is the past President of the Global Fund for Women and current Strategy Advisor for MADRE, a global women’s rights organization that works to support women on the front-lines of war and disaster. She is a leading advocate for gender justice and respected thought commentator on critical global and domestic challenges. Kavita founded and leads KNR Sisters, a consulting venture for social justice movements and philanthropy and is an accomplished public speaker. We asked Kavita about her views on the take-home messages from this conference, gender equality in global health leadership, and her advice to attendees. What are you most excited about for the Women Leaders in Global Healt

Interview with Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Heidi Larson is on the Steering Committee of the 2017 Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference at Stanford University. This year she is a co-organiser and will be leading one of the 9 breakout sessions, and next year her institution will be hosting the WLGH conference, with her at the helm of the planning committee. Dr. Larson is the Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP) and a Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and is C

Interview with Sania Nishtar, President, Heartfile and short-listed nominee for Director-General, Wo

Sania Nishtar, SI, FRCP, PhD, is a Pakistani physician and former federal minister of the Government of Pakistan. She has strong civil society credentials as founder of Heartfile in Pakistan. Born in Peshawar, Dr. Nishtar graduated from Khyber Medical College with 16 distinctions, setting a college record. She holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a PhD, from Kings College, London. Dr. Nishtar was also short-listed nominee for Director General of the World Health Organization this year. We asked Sania on her views about the conference and gender equality in leadership. 1. What are you most excited about for the Women Leaders in Global Health conference? I am exc

Interview with Nancy Snyderman, speaker at the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference

Dr. Nancy Snyderman is a head and neck cancer surgeon, network television correspondent, and advisor to Fortune 500 corporations and is one of the most trusted voices in medical communication. She is a Visiting Consulting Professor in the School of Global Health at Stanford University and co-founded the Stanford University-NBC News Global Media Fellowship. She is also a Consulting Professor of Medical Communication in the School of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her corporate work began at Johnson & Johnson where she created online medical curricula for the public. We asked Nancy on her views about the conference, gender equality in leadership and the media and p

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