Women on the move: session reflection

Dr. Kelly Thompson, Gender Specialist for Women in Global Health, was joined by Dr. Mary Manandhar, Technical Officer (Gender) in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights team at the World Health Organization, and Dr. Sarah Gammage of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) for this lunch session 'Women on the move: migration, care work and health'. Dr. Manandhar and Gammage spoke about the newly released 'Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health' from the World Health Organization. Executive Summary: A global paradox is emerging in which care workers - who are largely migrant women, often working in informal home settings - make a considerable contribution to public healt

Youth Pre-Forum: Gender and the Health Workforce

Women in Global Health’s Executive Director, Roopa Dhatt, joined Dr. Ivy Bourgeault of the University of Ottawa, Katherine J Wyne on the United Nations, and Paisly Seymenuk of the Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses at the Youth Pre-Forum at the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health on November 14th, in Dublin, Ireland. The roundtable discussion centered around ‘Gender and the Health Workforce’. KEY MESSAGES: 1. Majority of the young people have not had a gender equality conversation, event at their home institutions. 2. Gender Equity vs Gender Equality, we need equity to get to equality. 3. Diversity in Leadership is important- we improve our knowledge pool, improve our

Four reflections from our training at the Human Resources for Health Forum

By Kate Hawkins With contributions from Rosemary Morgan, Kelly Thompson, Roopa Dhatt, and Sarah Ssali RinGs and Women in Global Health have invested time in conducting gender training over the last few years. It is a great opportunity to build the skills of our community and receive much needed feedback on some of the concepts that we are tackling in our own work. The recent Forum on Human Resources for Health provided another space for a workshop, ‘From Gender Blind to Gender Transformative Human Resources for Health Research’. The session was a chance for participants to use practical tools to explore different ways gender analysis can be incorporated into human resources for health resear

Lives in their hands - Stories by health workers from around the world

More than 100 attendees joined the Storytelling Evening 'Lives in their hands - Stories by health workers from around the world' that Women in Global Health organized with the World Health Organization Workforce and the Frontline Healthcare Workers Coalition on November 13th, 2017. This creative session was held at the 4th Global Forum for Human Resources for Health in Dublin, Ireland. KEY MESSAGES: 1. Health workers are the broad spectrum of those contributing to the health & well being of people. They face numerous challenges- low resources, personal safety (health, physical, personal), motivation, confidence, heavy burden, burnout, etc. 2. Health workers telling their stories makes it per

Reflections on 'Decent Work- rights, roles and responsibilities' plenary at the 4th Global F

"Addressing global health challenges, building resilient, stronger health systems, providing universal health coverage and achieving the global goals (SDGs) cannot be done without consideration of the gendered aspects of the workforce. When we kicked off this forum, we heard ‘Jobs for health = Jobs for women!’ Let’s not forget this key message." Dr. Roopa Dhatt started off her plenary speech reminding the audience that while all genders play a vital role in the health workforce, women contribute in greater numbers - 75% . They are the driving force of health. When we look closely at the health sector from a gendered lens - women are often under resourced, under paid or unpaid, under trained

The Rollback of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The "The Rollback of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights" session at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 207 took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 2.30-4.00PM. We presented this event in collaboration with the American Public Health Association. It was wonderful to convene such a diverse and engaged group and to hear from our moderator Dr. Dázon Dixon Diallo (President/CEO, SisterLove, Inc.) and our panelists Ms. Latanya Mapp Frett (Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global), Dr. Kimberly McBride (Director, Health Disparities Research) shared their knowledge in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, reflections on the Mexico City Policy, and

Women in Politics, Why it Matters for Public Health

The "Women in Politics, Why it Matters for Public Health" session took place at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 2017 on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 12.30-2.00 PM. This session was presented in partnership with the American Public Health Association. It was wonderful to convene such an engaged and diverse group to hear from our moderator Ms. Constance Franklin (Program Manager, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), and our panelists, Ms. Jina Sanone, (Founder and President, HerTerm), Ms. Rosemary Ahtuangaruak (Inupiaq activist), Ms. Jacqueline Patterson (Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program), and Ms. Cindy Zeldin (Candidate

Women Leaders in Global Health: Sharing our stories

Women in Global Health, in partnership with the American Public Health Association, organized a career-focused event for another year at the Annual American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta, USA, titled 'Women Leaders in Global Health: Sharing our stories'. Each year that we've held this session,our career panelists share their experiences & tips on how to navigate a career journey in global health. This year their stories captured how many pathways can bring you to global health- different interests, skills, exposure, opportunities- you don’t need a global health degree to work in global health. Moreover, our panelists shared a common value- a vision for greater health equity

Women Leader Spotlight: Helen Clark

Sarah Borg, Newsletter Coordinator at Women in Global Health, was fortunate to attend an intimate Q&A with Helen Clark at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. After the event, Sarah caught up with Helen to ask her about her opinion and reflections of gender equality in leadership. Helen Clark is an exemplary role model who has been in multiple leadership positions; in 1999 she served as the first elected female prime minister in New Zealand, and in 2009 was the first woman to lead the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Helen Clark demonstrated her wide breadth of in-depth knowledge about many important issues facing societies today, with a focus on equality in leadership. Sh

What population is lacking in public health leadership and what are some solutions?

Women in Global Health's Co-Founder and Communications Director, Caity Jackson, was invited to speak at the European Public Health Association's Annual Conference this November, on the plenary panel 'A paradox of public health leadership: towards resilience in the context of vulnerability'. During her presentation, she presented the scenario at play when looking at the global health workforce and leadership. "We have been talking about leadership, but we haven’t touched upon its image, what do the people in leadership look like? and this is important to note because this has consequences to the next generation of public health leaders." The above graph is what the public global health workfo

A New Gender Majority in the WHO Leadership Team Announced or Man Bites Dog in WHO

‘The new WHO senior leadership team reflects my deep-held beliefs: we need top talent, gender equity and geographical diversity to deliver.’ - Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director-General World Health Organisation. Twitter 3 October 2017 The arrival of a new Director-General in WHO always generates high expectations and this was certainly true of Dr Tedros Adhanom when he took up post on 1st July. But this time expectations may be even higher than in the past, generated by the open competition and candidate campaigns. Through the election campaigning the world knew more about the priorities of the incoming DG than we knew about previous candidates chosen by Member States behind closed doors. So afte

Snowball Effect: Reflections on Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2017

The inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health Conference was energizing. The shared experiences of women and men, were both moving and revealing, and the passion in the room and virtually is apparent. The dialogue exposed the need for shared vision, values, responsibility, but also the importance of many more voices, greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and redefining leadership. Our five key takeaways: Gender equality is smart global health. Diverse teams & leadership leads to better decision making and outcomes, as Hannah Valentine from NIH stated in her closing keynote. The problem is global with manifestations at all levels. Under representation of women in global health is a global pr

Where is HER voice in the Global Fund’s next Executive Director?

**Update: The original version of this blog featured data points from 2008 and early 2017. The graphic has been updated to reflect the most recent data from the GFATM Secretariat. Last Tuesday, without much fanfare, The Global Fund to Fight, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) unceremoniously announced the 4 short-listed candidates for its next Executive Director (ED). In contrast to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent attempts at developing a more transparent and open process for the selection of their Director General, the GFATM process has been shrouded in secrecy. The first attempt to select its ED, set to replace Dr. Mark Dybul, who stepped down in May, was abruptly aborted.

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