The Gender Equity Hub, part of the Global Health Workforce Network, has launched a ground-breaking report on gender equity in the global health workforce. Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce was co-authored by Ms. Mehr Manzoor, a Fulbright Scholar and PhD candidate in health policy and management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The Gender Equity Hub is a collaboration of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Women in Global Health, where Ms. Manzoor serves as research director.
“Coming from Pakistan, which is ranked 148 out of 149 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap, I feel the need for doing things differently. I passionately advocate for gender equality and women’s leadership because voices from the Global South are often missing in global heath conferences, leadership positions, and decision making. We have long overlooked the gender inequities in our workplaces. It is time to change that,” says Ms. Manzoor.
Despite comprising 70 percent of the health workforce and contributing an estimated $3 trillion to the global economy, at least half of women’s contributions in global health remain unpaid and women make up only 25 percent of the leadership positions.
Ms. Manzoor points out that the Gender Equity Hub findings are alarming, but that they are a call for change. With growing demand for population health services, the need to create a more equitable health workforce is obvious, she declares.
Ms. Manzoor was also recently included among the top 100 influencers on Gender Equality and Diversity published by Onalytica on International Women’s Day.Tags: Friday Letter Submission