With the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, 2018 has been dubbed the “Year of the Woman” – at least in the United States. But what about in global health? Approximately 75 percent of the global health workforce are women, but women hold only 25 percent of leadership positions. This disparity exists despite women being disproportionately affected by malnutrition, HIV incidence, and mortality due to childbirth. It is impossible to think that global health targets, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, will be attained without significant leadership from women at all levels. Changes are needed to ensure that women are empowered through leadership positions to affect policy and action in support of these goals. The Global Health Policy Center has invested considerable effort in these issues over the last 10 years, including through the Women’s and Family Health Task Force and the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security.
On the heels of the Women Leaders in Global Health conference, which took place November 8-9 in London, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center invites you to a public event on December 12 to explore issues in advancing the role of women in global health policy setting and decision‑making. In addition to highlighting outcomes of the conference, the panel discussion will bring together experts to delve into critical obstacles and possible solutions through a diverse set of perspectives. The panel also will look ahead to 2019, which will see a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and replenishments of the major global health financing institutions, and try to answer the question of how to make 2019 the “Year of the Woman” in global health.
A video message from:
Steering Committee Chair, Women Leaders in Global Health 2018 Conference, and
Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk, and Decision Science
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Senior Science Advisor
CDC Center for Global Health
Director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child
The World Bank Group
Thomas C. Quinn
Director of the Center for Global Health
Johns Hopkins University
Advocacy and Partnerships Manager
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Closing remarks from:
Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Executive Director and Senior Fellow
CSIS Global Health Policy Center
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.