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Women in Global Health Movement - Where Greatness Happens

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Women in Global Health

A Movement for Leadership

Where Greatness Happens

#WomeninGH

Empowering female leaders of today--

Improving the global health of tomorrow

 

- About Us -

 

Women in Global Health is a movement that strives for greater gender equality in global health. We believe that everyone, regardless of gender, should be able to achieve their maximum potential as a leader. We aim to elevate and support the role of women in the discipline, collaboratively with the involvement of all genders through raising awareness on the issue and creating gender responsive leaders in global health. We believe that in order to reach equality within global health and achieve health and well-being for all, it is paramount we attain gender equality within all ranks of global health leadership.


Women in Global Health is a movement that seeks equal gender representation in the ranks of global health leadership. Our aim is to elevate and support the role of women in this discipline, collaboratively with the involvement of all genders through raising awareness  and creating gender responsive leaders in global health.

 

Our Priorities:

Our movement seeks to effect change by working with our partners and supporters to encourage stakeholders from governments, civil society, foundations, academia and professional associations and the private sector through our strategic priority areas of:

  • Raising Awareness and Understanding;

  • Capacity building;

  • Research and data collection;

  • Policy analysis and recommendations;

  • Mentorship and Networking

 

Our Goal:

Together we call for all those working in global health to prioritise gender equality in global health leadership across all key stakeholders with a goal of 50-50 representation by 2030 in top global health leadership. We call on every global health leader to make a public commitment to achieving greater gender equality in global health.

Our Values:

We believe that the global health and the broader development community can be made more effective by achieving gender equality in global health leadership. By being inclusive, accessible, collaborative,informed and transparent, we can realize this goal.

Our Approach:

We believe working with other partners to achieve gender equality in global health leadership.  We want to coordinate with other stakeholders and groups to work on incorporating the aspiration of achieving gender equality in global health into their existing programs and capacities, while also fostering a culture of gender responsive leadership within organizations to be the agents of change within their organization.

 

What we are specifically looking for:

  1. Partnering (individuals or organizations)

  2. Promoting the cause

  3. Serving an advisory role in our summit/movement

  4. Contributing ideas for our movement

  5. Supporting our events and movement financially

 

 

 

The percentage of positions on the WHO Executive Board filled by women.

-Women in Global Health

23.5%

 

 

Estimated percentage of global health workforce that is woman.

-WHO Gender and Workforce Statistics

75%

 

 

 

The percentage of medical school intakes who are female in the United Kingdom

-WHO Global Health Observatory

70%

 

 

 

The percentage of medical school intakes who are female in the United Kingdom

-WHO Global Health Observatory

70%

THE DETAILS

 

- Why? -

Women make up a huge percentage of the global health workforce for example, at Harvard University in 2011, women comprised 71% of the undergraduate Global Health student bod.  Why are so many of these current role models going unrecognized and unheard, and how to we provide the rapidly expanding concentration of students and young professionals with guidance from BOTH men and women?  There is a growing awareness about gender inequality and rumblings of change with mainstream campaigns like #HEFORSHE and #ASKMEMORE gaining momentum and exposure with every passing week in other sectors.  We in the health community constantly discuss gender equality as a key component to the success of health systems and societies of low, middle, and high-income countries.  Why not recognize it as the key to continued success within this discipline and others to further our progress?

 

- Background -

Ilona Kickbusch of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, was one of the first to tackle the lack of female representation in Global Health head on when she began the #WGH100 list on Twitter in 2014.  The #WGH100 was published in The Lancet, gaining international circulation and fame and giving rise to the #WGH200 campaign that actually received so many nominations it become the #WGH300 campaign. Women and men across the world joined the nomination process through Twitter, identifying and highlighting female global health leaders across sectors, disciplines and regions.

Now that we have a list of Women Leaders in Global Health, how do we empower them and expand the community? Women in Global Health (WGHWGH) would like to take Dr. Kickbusch’s groundbreaking list a step further by creating the opportunity for all these great minds, and those of the future, to collaborate and inspire in person.  We have been motivated by the movement and endeavour to bring great minds together in the same place, where we can engage with existing leaders and develop more female leaders in global health. 

 

- Objectives -
  • Gather young women and men who strive to achieve gender equality in health together to increase knowledge and skills.

  • Build greater capacity in young women who are already leaders in their communities to be at the forefront in leadership in global health.

  • Establish a network for women and men to elevate each other to support women leadership  and create opportunities for collaboration

  • Create a platform for increasing transparency and accountability for greater gender equality for global conferences. (Focus on leadership and gender, and eventually use as a platform to demand gender equality and equality from global organizations)

  • Develop innovative collaborations to advance gender equality in health leadership. (deliver real outcomes)

 

 

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