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November 12, 2020

Hardwiring Gender Equity into Global Health Security

This is a woman wearing in blue shirt, face mask and a pair of protective glasses.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the world is paying attention to global health governance like never before. In October 2020 Women in Global Health published a new commentary in BMJ Global Health on gender representation in COVID-19 task forces. Through our analysis, we found that men predominate in more than 85% of COVID-19 decision-making and key advisory bodies identified around the globe, with gender parity found in just 3.5%. In this webinar, senior leadership from the World Health Organization, World Bank Group, and emerging global health leaders will discuss how we can ensure gender gaps are filled within our systems in both crisis and in calm.

This inaugural event was on the heels of the 73rd World Health Assembly and kicked off a series of country dialogues, focused on filling the gender gap within health governance at a local level.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Global Health Initiative and Center for Global Health Science & Security with Women in Global Health.


Roopa Dhatt is the executive director at Women in Global Health.

Mike Ryan is the executive director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

Caren Grown is the global director of the World Bank’s Gender Group.

Mariam A. Dahir is a medical doctor at SHINE Supply.

Ngozi Erondu is a senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.

Kim Van Daalen holds a Ph.D. in global public health and is a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Alexandra Phelan is an adjunct professor in global and public health law at Georgetown University.

Anant Bhan is an adjunct professor at Yenepoya University.

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