Call to Action

As the first Women Leaders in Global Health conference closed, a collective Call to Action emerged with input from conference participants and the WLGH Steering Committee. This Call to Action was published November 30, 2017 in The Lancet as part of a Commentary summarizing key themes from the conference and inviting global health enterprises at every level and across the globe to take up this ambitious and necessary call in order to pursue a new vision for leadership in global health. The full Commentary can be viewed online here. Comments are welcome below.

 

1.
INCREASE VISIBILITY

Ensure gender balance when organising events, panels, roundtables, guest lecturers, or reading lists (see event organiser’s checklist by Women in Global Health).

2.
LIFT WOMEN UP THE LADDER

Systematically include women in such activities as panels, invited authorship of manuscripts, grant reviews, award nominations, and requests for proposals. Organise formal and informal ways to teach leadership skills.

3. 
ADVOCATE FOR WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION

Foster an organisational culture and establish norms that support men and women in integrating demanding careers with responsibilities outside the workplace.

4.
ELIMINATE THE PAY GAP

Report on and increase transparency of data on compensation and salaries to understand and eliminate inequities.

5.
CULTIVATE THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Organise an event, workshop, or training to discuss the issue of inclusive leadership in the organisation. Use an intersectional lens to incorporate the needs of all, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex community, people of colour, and under-represented disciplines.

6.
ADDRESS THE GENDER GAP

In all sectors, collect data and report on pay equity, career progression, and barriers to diversity in leadership within organisations. Ensure the disaggregation and analysis of data by gender in all research and programmes.

7.
EMPHASISE ACCOUNTABILIY

Adopt evidence-based practices to promote and support inclusivity and representation in governance at all levels. Create indicators and monitor progress toward stated goals.

 

Comments and feedback welcome below.

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