Reasons behind current gender imbalances in senior global health roles and the practice and policy changes that can catalyze organizational change

December 09, 2017

​In the Cambridge University Press Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, Part of the Women in Global Health collection

Authors: C. NewmanP.K. ChamaM. MugishaC.W. Matsik, and V. Oketcho 

The paper distils results from a review of relevant literature and two gender analyses to highlight reasons for gender imbalances in senior roles in global health and ways to address them. Organizations, leadership, violence and discrimination, research and human resource management are all gendered. Supplementary materials from gender analyses in two African health organizations demonstrate how processes such as hiring, deployment and promotion, and interpersonal relations, are not ‘gender-neutral’ and that gendering processes shape privilege, status and opportunity in these health organizations. 

Devex Opinion: A call to action on gender equality in global health

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Without a doubt, women led the way in 2017. We raised our voices and joined together to advocate for human rights and dignity for every person. From the “Silence Breakers” to protestors in pink hats, women reclaimed our common humanity with bravery and courage....By Roopa Dhatt, Ann Keeling, Nicole Schiegg, Kelly Thompson

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By Nicole Schiegg, Contributor, stratcomms consultant; fmr USAID sr advisor

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