Wheels of the bus go round and round: racism in women’s health organizations

  First it was the claims of Women Deliver being a White Faux Feminism agency, now it’s the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). Recently, the President of IWHC resigned after a report found a work culture of fear and intimidation experienced by junior staff and people of colour. October is the month dedicated to mental […]

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Caste, graded patriarchies, gender hierarchies and sexual violence in India

  Perhaps one of the most distressing aspects of the pandemic has been denied dignity in death. On 30th September, in a place called Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India, a 19-year-old girl was denied dignity in death. No, she didn’t suffer from COVID-19, she was victim of an endemic – caste and gender-based violence. Every day, […]

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COVID-19 in the Caribbean region : indications of gendered nature

  National governments across the world are scrambling to contain the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Caribbean region has been affected later than other regions including Asia, Europe and Africa. As at 21st March 2020, twenty-four countries/territories in the Caribbean region have reported a total of 384 confirmed COVID-19 infections. Most cases are imported […]

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Gender inclusion in global health can start with our words

What is the impact of language that, implicitly or explicitly, excludes women? Drs Anthea Katelaris & Meru Sheel discuss There is increasing recognition that women are uniquely affected during public health emergencies. For example, women may be exposed to infections in their roles as caregivers, as seen with Ebola outbreaks. The needs of women may […]

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An open letter to the WLGH18 Steering Committee: The need to adopt an intersectional lens to the gender equity agenda in global health

The second Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference is being held on 8-9 November 2018. The conference is committed to “celebrating and supporting women in global and public health” and “will highlight emerging and established women leaders in global health”, with a strong focus on mentoring. (1) While we appreciate and support the initiative, we […]

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Toxic masculinity: a poor excuse for poor global health

In 1978 the relatively unknown Australian Ken Warby fitted his boat, the Spirit of Australia, with a military surplus Westinghouse jet engine bought at an auction, and went on to set the world water speed record reaching 511 kilometres per hour. The record has lasted for 40 years; dozens of people have died chasing their […]

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Why are there so many doctors leading global health?

By Paisly Symenuk The appointment of Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus as the Director General of the World Health Organization has paved the path for greater diversity within the organization. He has been applauded for attaining regional and gender parity in the WHO’s executive leadership. We should indeed celebrate the choice for diversity in geographic background of […]

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