Women in Global Health Top Five Items to Watch at WHA72

The Women in Global Health Team – bags packed, banners rolled and voices tuned – are on our way to join the global health community at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA72) in Geneva 20-28 March 2019. This year the Geneva event looks set to be bigger than ever before, with more side events and some substantial items on the agenda. These are the top five issues Women in Global Health will be following at WHA72: 1. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) just has to be top of the list given the UN High Level Meeting on UHC (HLMUHC) in September. But following the rule that ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, will discussions on UHC stay in New York where, officially, negotiations are supposed to

A Gender-responsive Approach to Decent Work for the Health Workforce

There has been a lot of focus on affirming the pivotal role of health workers during the World Health Worker Week. Dr Tedros, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), aptly stated that “there is no health without health workers”. This important step - of recognizing them in and of themselves as individuals with fundamental rights than just a “delivery platform” for patient care – is legitimately the way forward to developing sustainable health systems. Safeguarding the dignity of health workers is crucial in bridging the gap in health worker shortfalls, meaningfully contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or achieving Universal Health Coverage. Health workers’

What if health were led by all?

Launch of the “Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health Workforce” The reality today is that global health is delivered by women and led by men. Women aret ypically segregated into lower paid and lower status jobs. While women make up 70% of the health workforce globally, they hold only 25% of leadership positions. Much of women’s work in the health sector goes unpaid (about $1.5 trillion worth) and female health workers are burdened by lack of decent work, including sexual harassment and violence; leadership opportunities; gender pay gap; and occupational segregation. There is a pressing need to rewrite the narrative on gender equality in the health

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