Women make up the majority of the global health workforce but are vastly underrepresented in leadership and decision-making positions. This gender gap overlooks women’s expertise and talents and compromises the knowledge and policy base for advancing the world’s health and equity. Canada has a global reputation for health and equity, but its women leaders remain under-recognized as elsewhere in the world.
To increase their visibility, representation, and leadership, the Canadian Women in Global Health Working Group seeks nominations for a List of Canadian women leaders in global health. The List will help journal editors when selecting peer reviewers and commissioning articles; conference organizers in their identification of speakers, moderators, and panels; media when seeking expert commentators or interviewees; and funders and policymakers when seeking technical experts; and anyone interested in broadening, deepening, or diversifying their networks and communities of practice.
Nominees for the List must be Canadian women leaders, working at home or abroad, with a minimum of 7 years’ experience who have made a substantial contribution to global health, broadly defined per Koplan et al Lancet 2009:
‘an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.”
Nominees could be practitioners, researchers, educators, policy-makers, and/or community advocates, and can work in a range of disciplines and sectors (such as academia/research, civil society/non-governmental organizations, and government) to advance global health, including those pertaining to Indigenous peoples’ health and rights. Nominees’ contributions to global health may be in research, thought-leadership, implementation, field practice, diplomacy, mentoring, advocacy, or other areas.
The Call for Nominations is now closed. The CWIGH list will be launched at the 24th Canadian Conference for Global Health in Toronto. Stay tuned to Twitter for more announcements!