Gender Parity in US Based Global Health Events

 

Marking International Women’s Day, the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health teamed up with partners at Women in Global Health and the Global Health Council to call attention to the great underrepresentation of women in global health conferences and events. 

Through a live webinar and Twitter chat with leaders of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Consortium of Universities in Global Health and American Public Health Association, panelists discussed the challenges in achieving gender parity, offered learnings from their organizations and new ideas for advancing change. 

 

 

Ensuring that women have an equal voice in the public dialogue is representative of a larger movement to address gender parity in global health, at all levels of the work force. 

Women represent 75% of the health work force in many countries, and the majority of students in academic and global health tracks. Yet, they hold only eight of the 34 World Health Organization executive board positions and fewer than 1 in 4 global health leadership positions at the top U.S. medical schools.


It is incredibly important that we celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our great women and to foster opportunities for the next generation in the pipeline. That starts with visibility.
— Michele Barry, Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

 In response, Barry said she decided to organize an inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health conference at Stanford Medicine this October dedicated to highlighting emerging and established women leaders and empowering the next generation. The conference will offer skills building and mentorship opportunities to cultivate future leaders and builds on the growing momentum begun by Women in Global Health and others to achieve gender equality in global health. 

Each of the participating organizations has made significant steps forward in addressing gender parity, but noted there is still more to do.

Roopa Dhatt, co-founder of Women in Global Health, explained their “Event Organizer’s Checklist,” a practical implementation tool developed as part of the Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative. 

Tune in to hear more from panelists: Keith Martin, executive director of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health; Karen Goraleski, executive director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Padmini Murthy, head of the international health section of the American Public Health Association annual meeting.

 
Rachel Leslie