Women Leaders in Global Health 2018: A call for action and change in the narrative

Nina A Martin | Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

Last week, 900 participants around the world joined the second annual Women Leaders in Global Health conference at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on November 8-9, 2018. Speakers representing major non-governmental organizations, ministries of health, funders, academic institutions, private sector, and many more discussed crucial issues on gender equity in global health leadership: What do gender-based disparities look like across the workforce? What does “leadership” mean? What can we do to foster equity in a space where women are the majority? Across these talks echoed two messages - the need to change the status quo, and women’s collective power to effect change.

It was an exciting two days to connect with peers and reflect on progress and challenges. Several groups talked about the increasing wealth of data that allow us to measure and track how women and other groups are impacted; shortly before the conference, a group including several organizers published a paper quantifying barriers and potential solutions to female leadership in global health. Throughout the conference, there was also a strong momentum to turn discussions into reality. We at CGH look forward to helping build the path to gender equity.

Some key highlights we heard from the conference:

Preparations are already beginning for WLGH 2019 conference in Kigali, Rwanda. Stay up to date at their website https://www.wlghconference.org/!

People

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program
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