Around the world, women are carrying the heaviest burden of the COVID pandemic but have least power and influence over the development and implementation of pandemic policies and responses.
This Friday (9 July), Croakey readers are invited to join the launch of Women in Global Health Australia, a new affiliate of a network of groups urging greater representation for women in global health leadership roles.
The launch will hear from Professor Fiona Stanley, Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, and Dr Roopa Dhatt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women in Global Health, and also from founding members of the Australian affiliate, including Associate Professor Jaqui Hughes, Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle and Professor Susan Sawyer.
Register here to attend the launch.
It follows the recent United Nations Generation Equality Forum which noted that “COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gender inequities, with reports of rising violence against women, as well as higher adverse economic impacts caused both by increased unpaid care-giving and the fact that women work in more insecure, low-paid and informal jobs.”
Forum participants have released a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality (the source of the feature image above).
Women in Global Health has over 50,000 supporters in 90 countries and 25 affiliated networks, with a strong presence in low-and middle-income countries. It is a partner in the Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce Initiative, which aims to increase visibility, dialogue, and commitment to action on gender equity in the health and care workforce.
In this interview (listen or read the transcript), Dr Roopa Dhatt tells about the role of Twitter in the organisation’s foundation, why it is “a movement first and an organisation second”, with a mission to “challenge power and privilege”.
Read the report mentioned below here.
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