Advancing women’s leadership in global health research: news, resources and funding
Diverse perspectives are essential to advancing science, especially in global health. Women in particular face additional, unique barriers in the field of global health research, and must have equal opportunities to highlight their expertise, voice their opinions, influence the direction of research, and hold leadership positions.
NIH supports and encourages equitable roles for women in scientific research worldwide. The
NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers helps bolster women in scientific research. Across NIH, women now
lead 10 of the 27 Institutes and Centers. And NIH is committed to
balanced gender representation at scientific meetings and high-level conferences, including ending the tradition of all-male speaking panels. Fogarty leadership and staff enthusiastically
support this effort.
Providing work environments free of harassment is critical to making sure women can fully contribute to and participate in biomedical research. NIH is committed to taking action to change the culture of science to
end sexual harassment. The Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD)
Working Group on Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment is holding NIH accountable for demonstrating progress. NIH has outlined
harassment and discrimination protections in NIH training applications for the extramural research community, and has released
guidelines for organizations receiving NIH funding.
Other organizations are leading the effort to advance gender equity in health leadership. The annual
Women Leaders in Global Health Conference brings together established and emerging leaders from across sectors and cultures.
Women in Global Health works with other global health organizations to help them achieve gender equality in their spaces of influence. And recently-published articles in leading scientific publications detail how other organizations are scrutinizing their programs and policies to act to improve gender equity.
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Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce
WHO, March 2019
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 2018
Reflections on [women in] leadership: Seizing and embracing opportunities - holding up half the sky by Dr. Barbara J. Stoll
JAMA, June 11, 2019
Beyond representation: women at global health conferences
The Lancet, March 23, 2019
A new vision for global health leadership
co-authored by Dr. Michele Barry
The Lancet, December 9, 2017
Role Models - a series of articles profiling successful female innovators and scientists from SciDev.Net
The Ripple Effect: Promoting Female Leadership in Academic Global Health [Video]
Session at the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference, April 7, 2017
Increasing women in leadership in global health
Academic Medicine, August 1, 2014