10 of our favorite reads from 2018

2018 was a year of momentum for gender equality in global health. The year opened with a strong call from the community to address the lack of gender parity in global health leadership across the industry. Around the world, government officials, executives, and academic leaders began to acknowledge gender equality issues, pledge to lead with a gender inclusive lens, and rebuild to better represent the global health workforce. New research found evidence of barriers to career advancement for women, and reports designed to keep organizations accountable for their commitments were published. The demand for women to be represented in government and on executive teams, to byline research publicat

Beyond Band-Aids: Fixing Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Abuse of Power in UNAIDS

‘The UNAIDS Secretariat is in crisis, a crisis which threatens its vital work. The leaders, policies and processes at UNAIDS have failed to prevent or properly respond to allegations of harassment including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power in UNAIDS’. - Independent Expert Panel on Prevention of and Response to Harassment including Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Abuse of Power at UNAIDS Secretariat, 2018[1] Women in Global Health has been tracking allegations relating to UNAIDS and congratulate the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) on Prevention of and Response to Harassment including Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Abuse of Power at UNAIDS Secretariat, for their comprehensive and

Universal Health Coverage: Getting Women to the Decision-Making Table

Everyone, Everywhere Twenty years ago, when I was working for the UN, my unit was asked to investigate the high maternal mortality rate at the local state-of-the-art maternity hospital, newly built with Japanese aid money. The hospital was clean, modern, fully equipped with medicines and well-trained staff – quite different from any other hospital in the capital city. Everything, even the manhole covers, had been manufactured to the highest standard and imported from Japan. But mothers were dying, and the UNDP Gender Unit was contracted to discover why. My first thought was to just go to the hospital, sit and watch how it functioned. I sat in Admissions and within a few hours, I had my answ

A New Era of Partnership Between WHO and Civil Society

Late last year, on behalf of Women and Global Health, I was invited to be part of the joint WHO- Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Task Team convened as one of the early moves in office by the incoming Director General WHO, Dr Tedros. Our brief was to advise WHO on strengthening its engagement with civil society to deliver the ambitious objectives in WHO’s newly launched 13th General Programme of Work and in turn, support delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the overarching vision for global health embodied in Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It was a pleasure to work in the Task Team, co-facilitated by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and RESULTS, with 21 other c

Lighting Up a Global Health Advocacy Meeting – Reflections from Global Health Landscape Symposium 20

Women in Global Health chapter members attended and report back from the Global Health Council’s annual thought leadership event in Washington D.C. on November 30, 2018. Thinking back to the last two, three, or ten conferences or meetings that you have attended, what specifically stood out to you? For me, it has always been when a panel ended up being useful and elucidating. This usually means that it was representative, had a solid moderator to lead the conversation, no one talked over one another, and each person’s points were able to be expressed clearly to the audience with reciprocal engagement. Many panels do not have the aforementioned qualities and while this doesn’t mean they’re hop

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