Lancet Commentary: A new vision for global health leadership

November 29, 2017

The complexity of global health problems demands leadership that represents the pluralism in society. The absence of gender parity in the leadership of key global health institutions in academic, governmental, and non-governmental organisations is evidence that this aspiration for diverse and inclusive leadership is not yet a reality.1,2 Women continue to represent most of the health workforce worldwide yet remain the minority in global health leadership.3 For example, only 31% of the world's ministers of health are women, and among the chief executives of the 27 health-care companies in the 2017 global Fortune 500, only one is female.

More than a building block: inclusive, responsive leadership for health system strengthening

September 27, 2017

Achieving gender parity at all levels of health systems is critical to harnessing the full potential of the global health community and creating solutions, which are both gender responsive and effective. Women’s leadership is particularly critical in addressing issues that directly affect their own lives, and in addressing areas with increasing inequality [5]. While a rights-based approach should be sufficient for achieving gender parity in both global health and non-health fields, the economic benefits also provide a strong argument. It is estimated that achieving gender parity would be worth around US$28 trillion to the global economy, an increase of 26% from levels projected given conditions of continued gender inequity [6]. 

Recognition matters: only one in ten awards given to women in The Lancet

June 23, 2017

Receiving an award is an accolade. Awards validate and bring visibility, help attract funding, hasten career advancement, and can consolidate career accomplishments. Yet, in the fields of public health and medicine, few women receive them. Between seven public health and medicine awards from diverse countries, the chances of a woman receiving a prize was nine out of 100 since their inception 

Women Leaders in Global Health in The Lancet

May 31, 2017

It is disappointing and rather ironic to note the lack of gender parity in leadership positions in the field of global health. Women carry a disproportionate burden of disease, comprise a large portion of the global health workforce, and in many leading universities make up the majority of global health students, even up to 84% as reported by one university.1,2 Yet, among the top 50 universities in the USA, women hold just over a third of global health faculty positions and a quarter of directorships in global health centres.

The role of women's leadership and gender equity in leadership and health system strengthening

May 16, 2017

Today we must also credit the Women in Global Health movement. Women in Global Health is a multi-stakeholder, inter-generational dialogue that brings together leaders at all career-levels in conversations about furthering gender equality in global health leadership across the globe. They stayed vigilant during the campaign – asking the important questions on equity and staying visible throughout the process...

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