Applause is great, but nurses and midwives also need safe and decent work and fair pay

This World Health Day, we’re taking a moment to recognize the contributions of nurses and midwives - more than 90% of whom are women. Today also marks the release of the State of the World’s Nursing report, which shows: Nursing remains a highly gendered profession with associated biases in the workplace. Approximately 90% of the nursing workforce is female, but few leadership positions in health are held by nurses or women. There is some evidence of a gender-based pay gap, as well as other forms of gender-based discrimination in the work environment. Legal protections, including working hours and conditions, minimum wage, and social protection, were reported to be in place in most countries,

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