Gender Parity In Global Health Should Focus On Addressing ‘The Most Unequal Of The Unequal’

The Lancet Global Health: All gender inequality is not equal
Editorial Board

“…The global health community has taken a welcome lead on spotlighting [gender] inequity within its own ranks. … Putting some data on the table in this regard is a new report published [Wednesday] by the Global Health 50/50 initiative. The authors of the report examined publicly available sources for the gender-related policies and practices of 140 organizations in the global health field, including public-private partnerships, U.N. organizations, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. … Some of the findings are incredibly dispiriting. Only half of the organizations explicitly commit to gender equality and only a third report gender-disaggregated data. 80 percent of boards are gender-biased and 80 percent are chaired by men. … [A]s the Global Health 50/50 authors admit, the organizations studied are largely based in high-income countries and thus the true extent of gender imbalance in global health organizations is likely to be much worse. Similarly, the Women in Global Health movement may not be benefiting the women most in need of support in their careers. … This International Women’s Day, those of us concerned with gender parity in global health should turn our focus towards a more progressive agenda in which the most unequal of the unequal are given priority” (3/7).

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