Gender, power and privilege: Opportunities and challenges for women leading in a world of turmoil
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Women in Global Health - Brazil Butantan Foundation/Institute Av. Vital Brazil, 1500 - Butantã - São Paulo, SP, Brazil Brazil
Faculty of Health Sciences, Women in Global Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Women in Global Health, Fundación Gedyt, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Women in Global Health Brazil
American Public Health Association 800 I Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 United States
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A2078
The covid-19 pandemic hit a grossly unequal world and has deepened inequality both within and between countries, especially in terms of gender. In this context, data reveals that women have been the majority at the forefront and also the most affected by the pandemic inside the health care sector. Women represent the majority of healthcare workers across the globe. Although women represent the majority of healthcare workers across the globe and account for 67 percent of the professionals in the field (who, 2022), they remain clustered into job positions that are of lower status and lower pay. Only 25% of decision-making roles are represented by women. A july 2022 report from women in global health estimated that at least 6 million women are working either in unpaid and/or grossly underpaid positions within health systems. Given this context, we must challenge the status quo and ensure there is both fairness and justice in how benefits, power, resources and responsibilities are equally distributed between women and men (paho, 2022). During these times of great transition and continuous change globally, it becomes even more pressing to acknowledge the issues women face and address the place where women stand within these processes. This world leadership dialogue presents an opportunity for all of us to come together and jointly learn from the experiences of women of different backgrounds who are leading change across the global health sector. Wgh and apha will be inviting three women from diverse backgrounds for a fireside chat to share experiences on their respective health career paths, as well as reflections on the challenges they are facing inside the public health field in a post-covid world. The panelists will also provide solutions to overcoming gender barriers and other challenges that women usually face as women health professionals in a world of turmoil. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and have time to pose questions to the esteemed panelists at the end.
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