The Women Leaders Issue - November Newsletter

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This month we celebrate Women Leaders!

In this issue, we are focusing on leadership through a global health perspective. Read about Emerging Voices, where we hosted a workshop during this informative pre-conference. Check out other recent events we attended and their outcomes, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA) session, Is leaning in enough?: The role of intersectionality, gender and public health leadership.

Finally, we will be highlighting an "up and coming" women leader and her podcast Women in Diplomacy. Be sure to subscribe to learn from international women in leadership roles and their inspiring journeys!

  • Emerging Voices: Applying a Gender Lens as Global Health Researchers

  • APHA- Is leaning in enough?: The role of intersectionality, gender and public health leadership

  • Women Leader Spotlight- Kelsey Suemnicht

  • Past Events and Outcomes

  • Upcoming Events

In November, Women in Global Health (WGH) had a unique opportunity to provide a training workshop at Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) Young Researchers & Change-makers pre-conference, prior to the 'Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world' in Vancouver, Canada. EV4GH is a 3-week training for emerging global health workers that are involved in research in the global south to build their research skills and increase their research capacity skills. The WGH workshop focused on teaching our global health emerging voices to apply a gender lens as global health researchers. From this workshop, participants acknowledged that they do notice a gender bias at the individual level as well within their institutional space in research and that more needs to be done to address it. Additionally, participants felt that they didn’t have the space to discuss the barriers they noticed and were energized to go beyond conversations about the issue and engage in critical thinking about how they can implement change in their own space to create a more gender equal environment.

Stay tuned in the next issue for a Women in Global Health write-up of the event and its outcomes!

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference Panel

Is leaning in enough?: The role of intersectionality, gender and public health leadership

Co-organized with the Global Health Council, APHA and Public Health Institute, the session presented information and data about gender equity and intersectionality in public health leadership and highlighted the Women in Global Health movement. A panel discussed how public health leadership could become more equitable and proposed solutions to overcoming glass ceilings.

Check out our blog about the event.

Kelsey Suemnicht

& her podcast Women in Diplomacy

Kelsey Suemnicht is a Masters in Public Diplomacy graduate of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She is co-founder of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in San Francisco and has worked for the U.S. State Department, Foreign Policy Magazine, and The Leadership Program.

The Women in Diplomacy podcast is a series of mentorship interviews featuring inspiring women working in international careers. It is part of The Foreign Policy Project, an educational mentorship program that seeks to inspire young women to pursue global careers through skill building workshops, job shadowing, and mentorship opportunities. The goal of the podcast and this project is to nurture more diverse voices in foreign policy through challenging (and changing!) the current gender ratio among international relations practitioners.

You can subscribe to the #WomeninDiplomacy podcast on iTunes by clicking on Subscribe Here ! below.

Kelsey is interested in hearing your own nominations for top women working in Global Health that you want to hear from. Next month, look out for an exclusive episode featuring the founders of Women in Global Health!

Health Systems Research (HSR) 2016 - 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research:

November 14 - 18, Vancouver, Canada, Organizer: Health Systems Global

  1. Gender Networking Meet & Greet at #HSR2016: Was held on the 16th of November, hosted by Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs) and Women in Global Health. This event was a gender networking meet and greet, gathering those interested and working in gender and health systems. Attendance: 25-30.

  2. Power and prejudice: How does inequity play out in the institutions and processes of health systems research? Was held on the 16th of November, hosted by RinGs and Women in Global Health. Attendance: 30-40

Read the Resilient & Responsive Health Systems (RESYST) blog post about the events

UN Women: Transformative Leadership: Leading for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

November 9-11 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland

"The progress towards equality for all women and men remains a long path ahead of us, despite many achievements to date. The Training Centre hopes that this course can support managers and decision makers to gear their leaderships towards advancing gender justice and women’s rights in whatever spheres of influences they have.”

The training gathered 25 participants from governmental offices, bilateral agencies, civil society and non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and private businesses. This training course sought to strengthen capacity and knowledge of managers and organizational leaders to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights agendas with their organization contexts and mandates through applying Transformative Leadership to one’s work.

A Special thanks to UN Women (Clemencia Muñoz Tamayo & Kham Chanthavysouk) and Gender At Work (Aruna Rao and Joanne Sandler).

December 5th, 2016

  • Women in Global Health is co-hosting a round table of Advancing Gender Equality in Global Health Leadership- Strategy Meeting

December 14-15, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland

  • We will be attending the high-level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth “From Recommendation to Action”

Leaving you with a final thought... Are you passionate about global health and gender equality? Are you following our work and want to contribute to increasing gender equality in global health leadership? Consider donating to Women in Global Health and our work.

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