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Hear the Voices of Women of Excellence

June 08, 2020

As #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations continue and WGH continues to explore ways to contribute to a more equitable, just world, one thing is clear: we must do better to listen to and amplify the voices of Black women.

With this in mind, we invite you to explore our Women of Excellence: Afro Series, a collection of articles and interviews conducted with outstanding women of color of African descent, all over the world. Each story is unique and compelling, and each interview contains deeply important words from some of the most influential and insightful women alive today.

In Solidarity.

June 05, 2020

Black Lives Matter. Together we must work to unmask the centuries-long racial divides that have shaped US and global systems. In doing so, we must center, elevate and amplify the voices of Black women in global and public health to address systemic, structural racism that negatively impacts Black health and economic outcomes.

Moreover, we must join our brothers and sisters in action to end the injustices and violence that marginalized groups have faced for centuries; we must call for the end of all forms of oppression. 

WHA73 and Beyond.

May 28, 2020

Last week, the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in the midst of a global pandemic. As WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted in his opening remarks, 2020 is Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and WHA was intended to be a moment of recognition for the incredible contribution that nurses and midwives make daily, across the globe. As the majority of front line health workers fighting COVID-19, women nurses and midwives are certainly demonstrating why this recognition is important. 

Policy Win: WHO Releases Brief on Gender and COVID-19

May 17, 2020

Ahead of the 73rd World Health Assembly, the WHO released a comprehensive advocacy brief on Gender and COVID-19, focusing on six ways member states can ensure their responses are gender-sensitive:

  1. Collecting, reporting and analyzing COVID-19 data in a sex-disaggregated and gender-responsive way

  2. Including responses to violence against women, and particularly intimate partner violence, as an essential service within the COVID-19 response - and resourcing these activities adequately

  3. Maintaining the availability of, and equitable access to, sexual and reproductive health services

  4. Ensuring that all front-line health and social workers and caregivers have equitable access to training, PPE and other essential products, psychosocial support and social protection - taking into account the specific needs of women who constitute the majority of such workers

  5. Removing financial and other barriers to COVID19 testing and treatment services and ensuring equitable access to essential health services, as well as access to safe water and sanitation facilities, especially in disadvantaged areas such as rural communities and informal settlements

  6. Stressing that health is a human right; this means ensuring that emergency responses to COVID-19 are inclusive and nondiscriminatory, and to identifying and working to counter stigmatizing and discriminatory practices in COVID-19 responses

WHA73 from a Gender Lens: What to watch.

May 16, 2020

We would normally be on our way to Geneva with a WGH delegation looking forward to meeting global health colleagues from all over the world, exchanging views, participating in side events, learning and aiming to influence gender transformative change. But this is a very different, virtual 73rd World Health Assembly overshadowed by a pandemic that had led to tragic, widespread deaths and disrupted life for all of us. COVID-19 has put health onto the world agenda in an unprecedented way in just a few short months. 

Walk the Talk

May 13, 2020

WHO is taking the third Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge virtual this year. The event will run like an online virtual global relay, connecting WHO Regional and Country offices around the world on 16 May before returning to Geneva 24 hours later on 17 May. 

The event kicks off next week's World Health Assembly - which has been disrupted due to COVID-19 concerns. This year, we're encouraging delegates to consider the ways gender-sensitive policies, like safe, decent, and fairly paid work for the women health workers at the front lines of this pandemic, can help us realize #HealthForAll. Our Five Asks for Gender Responsive Health Security and work on Universal Health Coverage are just some of the ways WGH is working to encourage WHA73 delegates to apply a gender lens to the convening. 

Shine a Light for Nurses - And Also Give Them What They Need

May 11, 2020

Join us tonight, on the eve of International Nurses Day, to light a candle in remembrance of nurses and health workers who have tragically died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tomorrow, on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and as part of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, Women in Global Health is proud to join the celebration of International Nurses Day. But more than candles or applause, nurses need our support - now more than ever.

Joining Forces to #BuildBackBetter Health Systems

May 07, 2020

COVID-19 is a human and economic tragedy exposing the inequities in global health that undermine health security everywhere. We can only make sense of this terrible loss of life by addressing the critical issues in global health systems that have been revealed by this pandemic. 

Through a new partnership with PathFinder International announced today, Women in Global will establish and grow chapters in five countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

This International Day of the Midwife, Let's Turn Applause into Action

May 05, 2020

Midwives are some of the most important frontline health workers who form the backbone of health systems worldwide. Join us in doing more than just thanking them; help us demand action to better support them!

April 04, 2020

From leadership to biological differences between sexes, gender-responsive approaches to COVID19 control are critical to successfully defeating this pandemic - and our Five Asks for Global Health Security will get us there. In an article in the Council on Foreign Relation's ThinkGlobalHealth.org, Women in Global Health's Executive Director Roopa Dhatt joins Board Member Ann Keeling and Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa Toyin Saraki to lay out six reasons gender matters in health security.

#COVID5050 is gaining traction. Join us!

March 30, 2020

As the WGH campaign for COVID19 gains momentum, we want to keep our community updated about how to be a part of COVID 50/50. Here are 7 ways to join the effort towards a stronger pandemic response.

WGH Special Message on COVID-19

March 27, 2020

A letter from Women in Global Health's executive director, Roopa Dhatt, on the importance of women's expertise in the COVID-19 crisis and the launch of Operation COVID50/50 and 5 calls to action.

WGH in 2020: A Warm Welcome to our New Leadership Team

March 04, 2020

Women in Global Health (WGH) plans to make 2020 a milestone year in the quest to achieve gender equality in global health by increasing the influence of women in the design and delivery of healthcare systems that work for women and girls and that can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

January 30, 2020

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The designation of 2020 coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing. For the first time in history, the nations of the world will unite in celebration of the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global population. Every country needs a competent, motivated, well-distributed and supported health workforce. Midwifes and nurses can transform the ways health actions are organized and how health care is delivered, they are the backbone of primary health care systems and are essential to the achievement for universal health coverage.

January 10, 2020

It's 2020, we are energized for the decade of action!

We are excited to make strides on gender equality and recognize the important contributions of women in global health.

Read on to find out about the top upcoming milestones 2020, our new policy priorities, and more opportunities to engage!

January 01, 2020

Dear Women in Global Health community,

As we come to the end of 2019 and kick off 2020, it has been a monumental year for global health and for Women in Global Health. There is still critical work that needs to be done before we achieve gender equality in global health leadership. 

Women in Global Health just this past year through our volunteer team, supporters, partners and community has been able to keep gender equality and women’s leadership in global health a top priority.

Happy Holidays from WGH

December 25, 2019

From our global Women in Global Health team & extended network to you, thank you all for an incredible year! 

In 2019, we solidified our four policy priorities with the support of a growing community. We have been so lucky to watch our community grow to over 21,000+ amazing people, working with us toward our vision alongside our growing global chapters, 200+ partners, our Board of Directors and of course, an amazing team, who are committed to gender transformative leadership as well as creating enabling environments for all genders to thrive in the leadership journey for stronger and smarter #HealthforAll!

UHC Day with Women in Global Health

December 11, 2019

On December 11th, the WGH Team will be advocating for Women's rights as Human rights, on the Global Kick-Off Call for UHC Day.

December 03, 2019

To the Women in Global Health community:

Thank you for the love and support you have shown us this past year. We appreciate you always showing up and speaking out for our shared mission to raise up women's voices and opportunities in global health leadership.

November 08, 2019

Women’s leadership in global health is crucial for women to be able to set the health agenda and have their needs and perspectives reflected in society. Women’s leadership journeys are closely linked to the ability for all people, especially girls and women, to decide over their bodies. 

October Newsletter: UNGA In-Review and Upcoming Events

October 10, 2019

The Women in Global Health delegation was hard at work during the recent 74th UN General Assembly! Here are the key takeaways from our two weeks in New York:

1. Women’s leadership and voice prominent in key global summits at UNGA, however, political power is still a dream deferred.

2. Gender Equality and Women’s Rights are central in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Political Declaration.

Special Edition: UNGA 74

September 22, 2019

This week is the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York! Women in Global Health has geared to advocate for gender equality and women's leadership - this is essential for SDG progress. We are ready for critical conversation, and topping our agenda is Universal Health Coverage.

Women in Global Health, Refreshed and Ready!

September 11, 2019

We're back! After attending Women Deliver 2019 in early June, Women in Global Health has been working hard behind-the-scenes to reflect on the progress we have made this year and prepare for our upcoming activities. We are ready to take on the coming months and hope you will join us in our fight for gender equality in global health!

Tune in to our Movement Building Series!

July 06, 2019

Join Women in Global Health in our first Movement Building Summer Series, beginning July 8th! During these webinars, you will learn more about WGH Chapters and how to kick start your own WGH community. We would also love to hear more from you about what you want to see from the Women in Global Health movement! Tune in and support WGH from wherever you are in the world.

In Review: WGH at the 72nd World Health Assembly

July 04, 2019

Four years ago this year, Women in Global Health (WGH) launched our movement for gender equality at one of the largest stages for health equity in the world – the World Health Assembly. This May, our delegation of ten women attended the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA72) as a full-fledged organization – advocating for gender equity in universal health coverage (UHC), commemorating remarkable Heroines of Health, and instilling the urgency for gender-transformative principles at every podium. We are a critical ally, nudging the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global health community, at WHA72.

Women Deliver? Yes, we do - Women in Global Health at #WD2019

May 31, 2019

From June 3 to June 6, the WGH Team will be advocating for gender equity, decent work for women, and safety at the workplace at Women Deliver 2019.

The world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, wellbeing, and rights of women - Women Deliver 2019 - arrives in Vancouver, Canada. Occurring only every three years, Women Deliver brings gender up close and center. World leaders, changemakers, heads of organizations, and business leaders will all be present - speaking and advocating for gender equality and women's rights.

The core of our work at Women in Global Health is women's leadership - as women deliver health (indeed), they must also be the decision-makers for health systems. The Women in Global Health delegation will be present at Women Deliver, advocating for women in the health workforce, safe workplaces, and gender transformative leadership. If you're attending, we'd love to see you there - register for the events below and follow along on Twitter.

WHA72 + Other Updates

May 20, 2019

Each May, senior health officials, heads of health organizations, and health professionals from all over the world arrive in Geneva, Switzerland to attend the eight days of the World Health Assembly (WHA). For over 72 years, this annual meeting has spurred action for the global health policy agenda, as committees and policy-makers meet to review past challenges and responses, as well as discuss upcoming health policy priorities for the world. Alongside these high-level committees, hundreds of delegates will gather to attend several side-events addressing key areas such as civil society participation, emergency response, and of course, universal health coverage and gender mainstreaming.

The Women in Global Health delegation will be in attendance, and will be live-tweeting throughout the week. Follow along using the hashtag #womeninGH and #WHA72 together, as we'll be tracking your inputs, comments, and contributions. 

Women in Global Health, Growing and Blooming

April 21, 2019

Four years ago this spring, Women in Global Health's four co-founders met through Twitter, connecting over the fact that women were missing from global health leadership. Three months later, these four millennials launched a movement - Women in Global Health - at the 68th World Health Assembly, with no funding. Our first partnership with Global Health Council came shortly after, in 2015.

February Newsletter

February 26, 2019

On the heels of the World Health Organization's Executive Board Meeting, February continues the momentum for global health equality. This month, in a landmark move for a publication, The Lancet published a theme issue on advancing women in science, medicine, and global health, providing further evidence for action towards gender equality. The issue dives into the theme, highlighting the immense contributions of women scientists, scholars, and leaders - noted by an editorial about feminism for everybody.

Welcome to 2019!

January 09, 2019

The Women in Global Health team would like to wish you a warm welcome to the new year! 

Women in Global Health is making 2019 the year of Doing Things Differently for Gender Equality and Women's Leadership in Global Health.

In 2019, WGH will focus on four policy areas:

1. Going beyond gender parity to champion gender transformative leadership for smarter global health.

2. Campaigning, as the champion for women in health globally (including the female health workforce), to root out gender discrimination including gender leadership and pay gaps, sexual harassment and violence, occupational segregation and unpaid work.

3. Creating enabling environments for all genders in global health, especially in the Global South, by building the WGH community of national chapters.

4. Ensuring gender is mainstreamed through Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with women viewed as key drivers of health at the 2019 UN High Level Meeting on UHC. 

Happy Holidays from WGH!

December 20, 2018

The Women in Global Health team & extended network would like to sincerely thank you all for an incredible year! 

In 2018, the power of community has been central to our work. We have seen our community grow and we have been working toward our vision alongside a 12,000+ strong community of supporters, our growing global chapters, 150+ partners, our Board of Directors and of course, an amazing team, who are committed to gender transformative leadership as well as creating enabling environments for all genders to thrive in the leadership journey for stronger and smarter #HealthforAll!

No matter how we celebrate the season, may we all unite around our shared vision for a more equitable world.

November Newsletter

November 19, 2018

As November winds down, Women in Global Health (WGH) takes a moment to reflect on an incredible month. From Beating the Drum: Domestic Resource Use and Mobilization for Accelerating Progress Towards SDG3+ and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Replenishment Event in Norway to the 2nd Annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference (WLGH) in the United Kingdom, we are grateful for the advocates and allies we have all over the world.  Below are more upcoming opportunities to engage with us as well as our amazing global chapters as we elevate our messages on gender equality within global health leadership!

Meet Our Board of Directors

November 06, 2018

Women in Global Health is thrilled to announce our 2018 Board of Directors during Women in Global Health Week! Please join us in welcoming the following distinguished champions who will actively shape WGH's strategy and impact in the upcoming years and lead the path to achieving gender equality in women's leadership as one collective force. We hope you will support our Board Members by following them on Twitter as well as joining the conversation with them at the 2nd Annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference (#WLGH18, #WomeninGH) hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, United Kingdom this week.

Doing Things Differently at WLGH 2018

November 04, 2018

The much awaited Women in Global Health Week is beginning. Starting with the Global Financing Facility's Replenishment event in Norway, where Women in Global Health (WGH) is engaging to highlight gender-inclusive health workforces, our team and partners are in events all week to advance the agenda for gender equality and women's leadership in global health, including the much anticipated 2nd Annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference (WLGH) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We experienced a preview of the energy to celebrate women's leadership and the need to address power and privilege imbalances in global health leadership with the #SheSpeaks Twitter chat on November 1st. Read our new WLGH blog penned by WGH Senior Fellow Ann Keeling and Executive Director Roopa Dhatt.

On the Road in October!

October 23, 2018

This month, the Women in Global Health (WGH) team has been on the road - making sure gender equality in global health leadership is on everyone's agenda. Below are some upcoming opportunities to engage with us and elevate our messages!

October Preview

October 07, 2018

In October, Women in Global Health will be joining academics, researchers, policy makers, and governments for many events around the globe and we will be focusing on advocating for our 2018 policy priorities:

  1. Gender parity 40/60 and gender transformative leadership in global health.

  2. Celebrating health workers at the frontline of health services.

  3. Building WGH communities (hubs and chapters).

  4. Ensuring gender is mainstreamed through Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with women being viewed as key drivers of health.

UNGA Update from WGH

October 03, 2018

Last week, WGH members attended the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City - our first engagement at UNGA since we registered as a non profit in the USA in 2017. We participated in a high-level event, the #UHC2030 Forum, to ensure that women's leadership and gender equality remain central to the Universal Health Coverage 2030 agenda to achieve #HealthForAll, as well as several consultations, multiple events, and bilateral and social gatherings focused on women's leadership, the health workforce, and sexual and reproductive health. 

What to expect from Women in Global Health in Fall 2018.

September 20, 2018

The 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which opened this week, represents a significant moment for the global health community. For the first time in the history of UNGA, there are not one, but TWO UN High Level Meetings on health. We are thrilled to see that WHO is committed to advancing gender equity and rights, as reflected in their new investment case, for which the estimated financial requirement for 2019-2023 is USD $14.1 billion. As a member of the WHO External Relations Advisory group, WGH calls upon the global community, especially Member States, donors, and those with resources to contribute to WHO's campaign to reach the Triple Billion Goal.

Looking back on Spring 2018, WGH's accomplishments and activities

July 16, 2018

We've had an exciting and busy spring season here at Women in Global Health (WGH), both internally and externally! Not only were we able to attend and participate in several high profile events, we were able to engage new audiences and sectors in the gender equality discussion. We also progressed the discussion of gender equality in global health leadership through articles, blogs, and online webinars/twitter chats. And although having to say goodbye to some core members of the team, we were thrilled to welcome in some talented individuals into the organization. Read our Executive Director's Spring 2018 letter.

71st World Health Assembly: Women in Global Health and Gender Equality accomplishments

June 05, 2018

Women in Global Health was pleased to attend the 71st World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where we advanced the dialogue on gender equality and women’s leadership in global health through a broad range of activities. "Walk the Talk" with a refreshing, energizing and visionary attitude was the tune of the 71st World Health Assembly, under the new Director General, Dr. Tedros. The attitude was clearly about shifting mindsets, doing things differently, and embracing a partnership approach to all aspects of global health. We were particularly pleased to see that gender equality and women’s leadership were top priorities for Dr. Tedros and his team, since his commitment to Women in Global Health at the 70th World Health Assembly. 

Walk the Talk with Women in Global Health at the 71st World Health Assembly

May 15, 2018

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the most prestigious gathering in global health, bringing together policy decision makers with a range of key stakeholders to set the global health agenda. It is this setting that we strive to shape and influence to advance gender equality in global health leadership. We look forward to collaborating with you in the lead-up, during and follow-up of the  71st World Health Assembly, to be held May 21-26 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

International Women's Day Recap Twitter Chat - #IWDAction

March 15, 2018

Join us for the International Women's Day 2018 Recap Twitter Chat this Monday, March 19th at 10AM EST / 3PM CET! The objectives of this twitter chat are to: 1) discuss takeaways from recent programming, literature, and conversations surrounding International Women's Day, 2) discuss what was missing or underrepresented during IWD dialogues in global health, 3) explore next steps to continue momentum for International Women's Day, especially in the global health field...

Women in Global Health's 2018 Call for Applications

February 22, 2018

At Women in Global Health, we believe that a diverse, gender balanced leadership is key for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and are working to give all genders an equal voice in the global health sector. In the 2.5 years since we were founded, we have developed and led over 25+ events, engaging over 1500 participants in the past year from over 70+ countries. We had an amazing 2017, thanks to your support, and are looking forward to an even bigger 2018. To meet the demands of this exciting year, we are looking to expand our team and are launching our first Call for Applications of 2018!

Looking ahead into 2018! Learn what WGH will be doing to further gender equality in global health leadership

February 18, 2018

2018 is in full swing and Women in Global Health has some great ambitions for this year! In this 13th edition of our newsletter, we thank our 2017 donors and supporters, outline our key priorities for 2018, reflect upon our past events, outline upcoming events, and highlight our own and our partner events and news.

Investing in Women in Global Health is investing in BETTER Global Health

December 30, 2017

Closing the door on 2017, we have some big plans for 2018! We've received incredible feedback recently- thank you to those who have responded to our fundraising appeal! Based on collected comments, we realized that some of you never knew we operated as a volunteer-based organization. We spend countless hours working towards gender equality in global health leadership, all in our own time, just think of the impact we could make with your support!

Happy Holidays from all of the Women in Global Health team members