4 December 2018
Source: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
“It’s important we focus on gender but if we are to achieve equity for all we must focus on all the drivers,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes at the World Health Organization, during the 2nd Women Leaders in Global Health Conference.
Hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine over 8 and 9 November 2018, the event aimed to address the diversity of issues in reaching gender equity in health leadership. Globally, women occupy less than 25% of influential leadership positions despite making up 75% of the healthcare workforce.
Mentorship, equity in funding opportunities and peer review panels, and more equal presence on conference panels and other speaking opportunities were among the key factors identified to redress the gender imbalance. In her keynote talk, Dr Swaminathan voiced concern that “we are not listening to people…to the stories that can make all the difference in the way we conceive notions about others”.
Nearly 900 participants from more than 70 countries and 80 nationalities heard from global health leaders in a wide range of talks and panel discussions, on topics ranging from mentoring, gender in emergency outbreak response and political leadership, to the #MeToo movement, media and new technologies.
Professor Heidi Larson, Women Leaders in Global Health Conference Steering Committee Chair, and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at LSHTM, said: “We were honoured to host this event and build on the inaugural conference held at Stanford last year. The reaction has been wonderful and I am incredibly grateful to all our participants and delegates who made the two days so special.”
Read the full report on the LSHTM website