Geneva Global Health Week

Women Power, Politics, and the Pandemic: Celebrating women’s leadership

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74th World Health Assembly Side Event


Online Discussion, 5pm CEST

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Covid-19 has been a game-changer. While health disparities faced by women and children worldwide have reached a new level of urgency, women’s leadership has shone. Maternal and Infant Health Canada's panel discussion, co-organised with the Global Health Centre, sheds light on this global crisis through dynamic and thoughtful discussion among experts in global women’s health and social issues. Women in communities all over the world have illustrated the public health principle that women uplift communities so it is vital to support women’s education and human rights. Our speakers will address the strengths that women have brought to this time of crisis, offering visions of a more egalitarian post-pandemic world.



  • Farah Shroff, Founder and Lead, Maternal and Infant Health Canada
  • Satya Lakshmi, Director, National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune Ministry of AYUSH
  • Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor and Professor, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda; Senior Lecturer, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Moderator: Soha Bayoumi, Assistant Dean, Harvard College; Lecturer, History of Science, Harvard University


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