Gender Equity Hub

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Thematic hub on gender equity in the health and social workforce

The Gender Equity Hub is a Thematic Hub in the Global Health Workforce Network, co-chaired by WGH and WHO. The purpose of the Hub is to accelerate large-scale gender-transformative progress to address gender inequities and biases in the health and social workforce for the SDGs. WGH is currently looking for more people to participate and join in the Hub. If you are interested, please let us know.

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Policy Action Paper: Closing the Leadership Gap


Women comprise nearly 70% of the global health and social workforce yet it is estimated they hold only 25% of senior leadership roles. During the #COVID19 pandemic women have provided much of the health and care but have not had an equal say in decision making. This pervasive leadership gap between women and men in health can only be closed by addressing systemic barriers to women’s advancement. Without closing the gender leadership gap in health, we lose out on women’s expertise.


To address this gap through Gender-Transformative Policies , Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub, co-chaired by Women in Global Health and World Health Organization is launching its first in the series of policy action papers ''Closing the leadership gap: gender equity and leadership in the global health and care workforce''.

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Closing the Leadership Gap

GENDER EQUITY HUB: has released a new WHO Policy Action Paper Closing the leadership gap: gender equity and leadership in the global health and care workforce is launched on 8th June 2021 by the WHO’s Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub, in collaboration with Women in Global Health.  The Action Paper explores the status of women in leadership in the health and care sector, which employs 164 million women worldwide, and the negative impact for women and health systems of their underrepresentation in leadership. The Action Paper contributes insights into women’s leadership in health and care and policy interventions to ensure more gender-equitable and representative leadership. 


Download the executive summary (English)

Delivered by Women, Led by Men

GENDER EQUITY HUB: has released a report on the current state of gender equity in the global health and social workforce. Launched in March 2019 at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, the report, Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce, points to workplace gender biases, discrimination and inequities that are systemic in the health workforce. The report lays the foundation for  gender transformative policy action that will be driven by the Working For Health program, of the World Health Organization, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Labour Organization (ILO), with support from the Hub 

Latest Report News & Resources


1. Read the article from our partner, the WHO, on the 10 key issues in ensuring gender equity in the global health workforce

2. Read the commentary by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO: Female health workers drive global health

3. Watch the report release event here.

4. See the Gender Equity Hub and report feature in the Global Health Workforce Network's April newsletter.

5. Read the blog post from Gender Equity Hub Member, Sam Rick, Frontline Health Workers Coalition/IntraHealth International

Report Launch Press Release
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Gender Equity Hub April Updates
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Post-Launch Report
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Share Our Message on Gender Equity

We encourage you to use our communications kit to share gender equity messages across social media. Download the kit below which includes a social media guide and press release for you or your organization's use, along with message graphics.

#WomeninGH      #WomenDeliverHealth      #GenderEquityHub      #CSW63

Addressing Gender Inequities in the Health and Social Workforce:
Global Health Workforce Network Gender Equity Hub Call for Submissions

Seven out of ten health and social workers (1) are women and unpaid care work represents half of women’s contribution to global wealth. Resilient health systems and universal health coverage cannot be progressed without consideration of the gendered aspects of the workforce.  Without this consideration we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing gender biases and inequities in the health and social workforce is not only essential to achieving SDG 3 (health and well-being), but also SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work and inclusive economic growth).


The ILO-OECD-WHO Working for Health five-year action plan identified the 1. development of gender-transformative (2) global policy guidance and 2. support to build implementation capacity to overcome gender biases and inequities in the education and health labour market as two key deliverables to maximize women’s economic participation and empowerment.

The WHO Global Health Workforce Network (GWHN) thematic hub on Gender Equity in the Health and Social Workforce, co-chaired by WHO and Women in Global Health was launched at the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in November 2017.  The purpose of the Hub is to accelerate large-scale gender-transformative progress to address gender inequities and biases in the health and social workforce for the SDGs as envisioned by the Working for Health five-year action plan.


The Hub has conducted a global call for submissions to bring together available experience and evidence on analysing and addressing gender inequities and occupational segregation issues across the education, training, employment and career progression of health and social workers. We recognise the importance of using an intersectional lens with regard to gender inequalities as other axes of inequity intersect with gender to disadvantage some groups of women more than others. In addition, we recognize that gender is not be limited to women’s issues; men and other genders must be engaged for deep and meaningful gender transformation. The Hub is interested to synthesize current experience and evidence as well as learn from past experience and evidence.


This call for submissions was the crowd-sourced component of a mapping exercise that is being undertaken by the Hub to identify key stakeholders and map existing initiatives, published and gray literature and programmes of relevance, including intersectorial opportunities to progress this agenda. The global mapping exercise brought together the evidence and know-how to inform the Terms of Reference and work plan of the Hub.  Individuals, groups, organizations and countries were invited to contribute to this call. Submissions from outside the health and social sectors were also greatly welcomed.


Submissions may include scientific, social and community research evidence, case studies, programmes, policies, strategies on workforce gender equity and occupational segregation. Authors specified how these initiatives contribute to or have the potential to contribute to progressing gender equity in the community, institutional, national, regional and/or global level.


Submissions were sought on the following areas of gender inequities in the health and social workforce:

a. Increasing opportunities for education and training, (and career progression)

b. Transforming unpaid care and informal work into decent jobs

c. Equal pay for work of equal value

d. Decent working conditions and occupational safety and health

e. Promoting employment free from harassment, discrimination and violence

f. Equal representation in management and leadership positions

g. Social protection, child care, and elderly care

h. Occupational segregation


Submissions were asked to address the following questions:

a. Describe the important contextual factors that were relevant to the study/initiative:

b. Describe the gender-inequity relevant objective(s) of the study/initiative:

c. Describe the study methodology or intervention(s) implemented in the initiative:

d. How was the study/initiative implemented?

e. What were the key findings or outcomes?

f. What were the strengths of the study/initiative?

g. What were the weaknesses of the study/initiative?

h. What were the lessons learned?

i. How will the study/initiative findings or outcomes be used in the future?


Submissions were welcomed in English, French or Spanish.

If you have any questions or for more information on this call, please email


1. All those engaged in action whose primary intent is health and health-related social care.

2. Gender-transformative approaches seek to re-define women’s and men’s gender roles and relations to promote gender equality and achieve positive development outcomes by transforming unequal gender relations in order to promote shared power, control of resources, decision-making, and support for women’s empowerment.