Women in Global Health (WGH) is an organization, built on a global movement that brings together all genders and backgrounds to achieve gender equality in global health leadership. We believe that everyone has the right to attain equal levels of participation in leadership and decision-making regardless of gender. WGH creates a platform for discussions and collaborative space for leadership, facilitates specific education and training, garners support and commitment from the global community, and demands change for Gender Transformative Leadership.
WHAT PROBLEM IS WGH SEEKING TO ADDRESS?
Women play a vital role in the advancement of global health, yet men remain the majority holders of leadership positions. Women make up 75% of the healthcare workforce, yet occupy less than 25% of the most influential leadership positions. Their contribution to health systems is monumental, yet the majority of their work is either underpaid or unpaid, leaving women with few opportunities for advancement or to care for their own health. This creates an inequitable health system that impacts the health of all.
WHY IS ACHIEVING GENDER EQUALITY
IN GLOBAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP IMPORTANT?
Women constitute more than half of the world’s population, and have the same right as men to be represented at all levels of leadership, including global health. Women’s underrepresentation at the top results from past and present discrimination and obstacles to their entering professions and advancing within them. Competent and qualified women exist for global health leadership positions. We know how to fix this. It is time we righted this historical wrong. By acting now, we will prevent it being carried forward for another generation.
We believe that a diverse, gender balanced leadership is key for achieving a more equitable world and realizing the vision of the sustainable development goals. It improves performance, strengthens workforce capacity, enhances connections with target populations, and accounts for specific considerations regarding needs of all people. It builds great resilience, making our health systems more adaptable and able to respond effectively. Greater gender equality in global health leadership will play a vital role in addressing global health challenges.
Gender equality in global health leadership is economically sound. Recent studies show that achieving gender parity would be worth around $28 trillion to the global economy, an increase of 26%. Of that in global health, women are contributing around $3 trillion to global health care, but nearly half of this (2.35% of global GDP) is unpaid and unrecognized.
We believe fostering Gender Transformative Leadership, a leadership that is committed to promotes policies and programs that seek to transform gender relations to promote equality and achieve program objectives, in global health will ensure that policy decisions that benefit all gender, including the health of women and girls are prioritized, leading to healthier lives, greater access to education and healthcare for all, and more substantial economic growth.
Raising awareness and understanding
Increasing visibility of women through:
Thought leadership events
Research and data
Community development and career advancement via an innovative network
Trainings and education
Tools and databases
Policy/Landscape analysis and recommendations
Women in Global Health: Ecological Model (2016), Published in World Medical Journal in April 2018.
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