Guest post by H.E Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki - Let’s not tiptoe around the topic of FGM

In observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6th February 2018, we are pleased to feature a piece by a women leader in global health, Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, about the work she is doing to champion accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone through her organisation the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA). In millions of households in communities around the world every year, young girls will be summoned by relatives and prepared for a "ceremony" in hushed whispers, or excitedly firm tones. They will be shepherded to secluded rooms and enclosures, held down, and cut, in varying conditions and degrees, from the sanitary to the un

Women in Global Health at the 142nd WHO Executive Board meeting, January 2018

Women in Global Health, attended the 142nd WHO Executive Board meeting from January 22 - 27, 2018. Key topics included WHO’s 13th Global Programme of Work (GPW13). Women in Global Health proposed a series of strategies to achieve gender parity in global health leaders within WHO and to strengthen gender equality in WHO’s work. Below is an assessment of the GPW13 from a gender lens based on Women in Global Health’s recommendations. We submitted 30+ recommendations and this GPW has integrated 23 out of our 30 recommendations, integrating 76% of all our recommendations on gender equality we proposed. We acknowledge that most of the points that have not been addressed are mainly operational in n

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