WOMEN IN GLOBAL HEALTH NEWSLETTERS

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

December 20, 2019

Heading into the holiday season, Women in Global Health wanted to thank you all for an amazing year and pass along our wishes for a wonderful holiday season! No matter how we celebrate the season, may we all unite around our shared vision for a more equitable world. 

WGH 2017's Year in Review

December 12, 2017

2017 was a big year! 

Not only are we celebrating our official NGO status, we're also celebrating some AMAZING accomplishments from the past 11 and a half months, and you can helps us end the year off with a bang!

Celebrating Women in Global Health, the organization!

December 07, 2017

What started as a discussion in 2015, via social media and through student networks, among four like-minded women seeking gender equality in global health leadership, has now evolved into an unstoppable and global movement. We've had an outpouring of support from all corners of the world - support for this issue and support for our work - and we want to thank all of those who have supported us along this journey.

We are proud to announce that WOMEN IN GLOBAL HEALTH is now an officially recognized non-profit organization!  With your help, we can solidify and grow this inspirational community. Make a tax-deductible donation TODAY to support WGH's continued work!

Event reflections: Strengthening equality in leadership through engagement

December 04, 2017

Women in Global Health had a busy month in November, organizing sessions focusing on public health and politics, sexual and reproductive health, gender transformative leadership, and the role gender plays in the health workforce. See our session summaries and take-home messages from the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Annual Meeting, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference, and the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. We've collected a list of relevant publications, including our co-authorship in The Lancet with the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference Steering Committee, and have let you know about some exciting upcoming events!

October updates: Amplifying gender equality in leadership through events

November 16, 2017

In this issue of the Women in Global Health newsletter, we reflect on our past achievements and activities in October, including:

  • The Women Leaders in Global Health Conference at Stanford University;

  • Our workshop and Meet & Greet events at the World Health Summit, where we launched our first local chapter: Women in Global Health Germany;

  • Our commentary blogs on gender representation in both the Global Fund and the WHO executive team;

We've also had the privilege of a few guest bloggers contributing to this issue, as well as the honor of speaking with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017. Lastly, we would like to congratulate our Research Director, Mehr Manzoor, for her Fullbright Scholarship at Tulane University, which will allow her to continue researching women's leadership in health. 

#HRHForum2017 - Joins us at the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Dublin!

November 08, 2017

The 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health is one of the main global health events in 2017, bringing together a range of actors: policy makers, planners, civil society, practitioners, academia, researchers and decision-makers across the sectors (including health, labour, education and finance).

The Forum, convened by Trinity CollegeHealth Services ExecutiveIrish Aid, the Departments of HealthForeign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Network – will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from November 13-17, 2017.

We invite you to join our events at the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, live or online! You can follow the tweets on our Twitter account or by following #HRHForum2017 and #WomeninGH. You can find more information about the event here.

Join us at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting next week!

November 02, 2017

We are excited to be holding a variety of events at the upcoming American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 'Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health', to be held November 4-8 in Atlanta, USA. We will be live-tweeting and live-streaming from our account so please make sure to tune in and participate from wherever you are!

If you be attending the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and looking to join one of our events or meet with our team members, please let us know here. We welcome you to our events and are looking forward to meeting you.

Women Leaders in Global Health Conference - Join us live!

October 09, 2017

We are very excited for the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference at Stanford University in California, USA, this coming Thursday, 12th October!  Women in Global Health have been the implementing partner in the planning and execution of this ground-breaking conference, a year in the making. 

You can start by checking out our Women Leader Spotlight to read our interviews with Dr. Sania Nishtar, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Heidi Larson, and Kavita Ramdas. We asked these phenomenal women leaders what this event means to them and the future of the #WomeninGH movement.

In order to be as inclusive as possible, the conference will also be live-streamed. For those who aren't able to attend in person, you can watch the main-stage here! Check out the list of speakers and times on the conference website.

Make sure to use #womeningh and #WLGH17 on Twitter to follow the discussions and participate by asking questions to the panelists and speakers! As always, we will report back about the event on our blog.

This season: meet us at one of our upcoming events! Plus gender equality news, updates, and more

September 06, 2017

Welcome to the end-of-summer edition of the Women in Global Health newsletter!

In this Issue:

  • 'Heroines of Health' summary

  • 'Heroines of Health' documentary

  • Post-event blog from the Global Health Next Generation Network

  • A special acknowledgement, a farewell to Dr. Margaret Chan

  • A warm welcome to incoming Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

  • In the news

  • Upcoming events

Highlights from the 70th World Health Assembly

June 21, 2017

Welcome to an exciting issue of Women in Global Health's Newsletter! In this issue, we summarize the events held at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) that focused on gender equality and women's leadership, held by our team and partners.

Women in Global Health sought to continue the advancement of the role of women in global health leadership at the WHA, calling on the Global Health community and the World Health Organization (WHO) to make commitments to gender equality in leadership. We also created space to recognize and celebrate great women who have shaped global healthcare in their communities through our Heroines of Health Gala.​

This was our third attendance at the WHA, and Women in Global Health approached this event with specific objectives aimed at: 1) Increasing the visibility of women’s leadership within global health; 2) Encouraging relevant organizations and institutions to create more gender equal work environments; 3) Motivating prominent individuals to commit to promote gender equality within their organizations; 4) Ensuring that stakeholders and the general public are well informed of actions, knowledge outputs, and results that WGH delivers; 5) Fostering a more gender transformative environment in global health, especially at the WHA.

From all that we accomplished in Geneva, our team has brought back the key messages from this year's World Health Assembly events to your inbox. We hope you learn as much as we did.