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Masked Heroines? Building Resilience Begins with a Gender-Equitable Health Workforce

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73rd World Health Assembly Week

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The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the deep inequities that undermine global health, especially gender inequities impacting women front line health and care workers. In the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, few health and care workers (many of whom are women) have safe and decent working conditions, appropriate protection and equal and timely pay. How many decision makers in health systems are women? Do we collect sufficient data and evidence to understand the implications of COVID-19 on female health workers? Speakers in this session will share the perspectives of female health workers during this pandemic, and review lessons learnt from previous large-scale outbreaks – how health systems lose when gender equality is ignored, what can be done better, and how we all may gain by applying a gender lens. This event is co-sponsored by the Global Health Centre, Women in Global Health, and GENDRO.



  • Haja Ramatulai Wurie, Dean, Faculty of Nursing; Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry Department, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone
  • Michelle McIsaac, Researcher and Economist, World Health Organization
  • Shirin Heidari, Founding President of GENDRO; Senior Research Fellow, Global Health Centre
  • Sneha Krishnan, Co-Founder, Environment, Technology, and Community Health Consultancy Services; Member of Women in Global Health India
  • Moderated by Roopa Dhatt, Co-Founder and Chair, Women in Global Health


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