The Initiative aims to drive action in the health and care sector under four pillars
Increase the Proportion of Women in Health & Care Leadership RolesWomen deliver health and care, but men lead it. Although women comprise almost 70% of the global health workforce, participation in the decision-making process and access to power has remained a pervasive challenge. In health women hold only an estimated 25% of senior roles. Health systems and health security will be stronger when the women who deliver health and care have an equal say in the design of national health plans, policies and systems. Therefore, we need to adopt gender transformative policies that challenge the causes of the gender leadership gap in the health and care workforce. Policies need to address the underlying inequities in the system and work environment to create decent work conditions where women thrive and achieve their full leadership potential. Policy solutions to date have typically focused on how to fit women into organizations, systems, and work cultures designed for men. We now need policies that focus on changing systems, not women.
Women deliver health, but men lead it. Women comprise almost 70% of the global health workforce, yet hold only 25% of leadership roles. Join me in advocating for equality with the #GenderEqualHCW Initiative with @gouvernementFR @WomeninGH & @WHO
Recognize the value of unpaid health & care workGlobal health rests on the foundation of women’s unpaid work. It is estimated that women in health contribute 5% to global GDP (US$3 Trillion); of which almost 50% is unrecognized and unpaid. Some of the world’s poorest women and girls are effectively subsidizing health systems and are missing out on opportunities to enter education and the formal labor market. Occupational segregation by gender is pervasive in health and care, where women are clustered into lower status and lower paid roles and men occupy the majority of senior positions. This drives the gender pay gap. Women’s unpaid work needs to be recorded, redistributed (within the family and community) and rewarded.
Women’s unpaid work needs to be:
💰rewardedMake a commitment today and join me in advocating for #GenderEqualHCW w/ @gouvernementFR @WomeninGH & @WHO
Protect women health workers from harassment & violence in the workplaceHealth workers are vulnerable to violence and every year, tragically, health workers lose their lives as a result of attacks. Only 37% countries report measures in place to prevent attacks on health workers. Sexual harassment at work is reported to be a major problem for women health and social care workers but rarely recorded or sanctioned. Studies have shown that sexual harassment reduces productivity, creates higher turnover and absenteeism and impacts patient care. Currently, 50 countries have no law against sexual harassment in the workplace. International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 comes into force in June 2021 and will be significant in encouraging governments to address violence and sexual harassment of all workers, including in the health and social care sectors. ILO Convention 190 focuses on workplace violence and harassment, including sexual harassment, commonly experienced by women health and care workers, particularly in remote and conflict affected settings.
Workplace violence & harassment in the health sector is widespread & hidden by underreporting. This harms women, limits their ability to do their job, & affects mental health. Join me & the #GenderEqualHCW Initiative w/ @gouvernementFR @WomeninGH & @WHO
Ensure safe and decent working conditions for all health workers, everywhereWomen health workers are at the forefront in raising community awareness, identifying cases and tracing contacts, but their low status within health systems and frequent exclusion from the formal labor market has put their own health and the pandemic response at risk. Women, often the first point of contact in patient care, have had high COVID-19 infection rates. Globally, 1.2 million health workers were infected with COVID-19 by January 2021. Additionally, women have been exposed to greater risk of infection because Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was modelled on male bodies and biology and therefore not a good fit for women. This is likely to increase infections and risk for women healthcare workers. In the US, 73% of the COVID-19 infected health workers were female (77% in Spain, 73% in Germany, & 64% in the Dominican Republic).
Women deserve safe and decent working conditions - protect them so they can protect us.
Women health workers are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, but their low status in health systems & exclusion from formal labor market has put their own health at risk. Join me in advocating for safe & decent work for women