Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, January 24, 2019 03:45:42 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

New vision for leadership in global health

By
09th-Nov-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Ann Keeling, Dr. Kelly Thompson and Mehr Manzoor :
The Sustainable Development Goals, with universal health coverage at the center, set an ambitious agenda for global health to reach by 2030. But progress continues to be held back by the narrow base from which global health leadership is drawn - and specifically, the widespread exclusion of women from decision-making.
Last year, 400 leaders from 68 countries called for "a new vision for leadership in global health" to address gender inequity and the gender gap in leadership. We propose that gender transformative leadership be used to deliver that vision - both for the advancement of women and to achieve health for all.
Global health: Delivered by women, led by men
Often portrayed as victims in global health, facing sexual harassment, violence, and at times threats to their lives; women form 70 percent of the health and social care workforce. Women are the main drivers of health care delivery and are potentially powerful agents of change. But they hold only around 20 percent of senior posts and are generally segregated into lower status, lower paid, or unpaid sectors.
Despite decades of global targets on gender equality, including SDG 5 on gender equality and empowering all women and girls, the 2017 Global Health 5050 report found that 45 percent of 140 global health organizations surveyed had no commitment to gender equality in their strategies or policies.
Data from Women in Global Health and the global health report have also shone a light on the gender gap in health leadership. Exclusion of women from the majority of health decision-making roles is inequitable, but more than that, it weakens global health since the women workers who know most about health systems have the least say in their design and management.
Women from low- and middle-income countries face the greatest barriers accessing senior posts in their home countries and globally, due to lesser autonomy, gender discrimination, bias, greater vulnerability to harassment and violence, disparities in education and health, and greater burden for domestic and child care. Health policy decisions are not influenced equally by the priorities and experiences of men and women and global health is diminished by lost female ideas, innovation, expertise, and talent.
The roots of gender transformative leadership
Gender transformative leadership is based on concepts of transformative leadership, feminist leadership, and gender transformative approaches. The concept fills critical gaps in current definitions of leadership that are predicated on traits or behaviors, skills, and power relationships between leaders and followers; but have overlooked the question of what leadership looks like.
As the name suggests, there are two main constructs in the definition of gender transformative leadership: "gender" and "transformative leadership." Gender transformative leadership is transformative leadership with a gender-inclusive lens. In the global health context, this model addresses the gender inequities in power that undermine health systems' design and delivery. Gender transformative leadership is driven by the vision of gender equality and women's rights embodied in international conventions and agreements, including SDG 5, and addresses social and cultural norms, conscious and unconscious bias, and deep-rooted structures of inequality.
Get development's most important headlines in your inbox every day.
Rather than expecting women to "lean in" to professions and organizations that have largely excluded them from leadership and senior roles, gender transformative leadership addresses discrimination, bias, and inequities in the system so women are included on an equal basis to men. The term "gender transformative" can be applied to decision-makers, the institutions they work in, and to the health system itself.
Gender transformative leadership takes an intersectional approach, analyzing how gender intersects with other facets of identity, such as race, disability, sexual orientation, caste, and class, to multiply vulnerability and disadvantage for particular groups.
Additional action is needed to identify and address such multiple, intersectional forms of disadvantage that may affect any gender. In the context of global health, geography is a significant factor for professionals, especially women, from low-income countries, facing structural barriers to participation in global health.
Gender transformative leadership applies to all leaders at each level of health system, from community to global, regardless of their gender. Women in Global Health acknowledges that organizations operate in diverse settings and start from different points so approaches to address gender inequities must be customized to the context. Women in Global Health assumes that a gender transformative approach will include gender parity in leadership but will go beyond gender parity to advance gender equality within organizations and in the work of those organizations, resulting in better global health.
The 10 principles of gender transformative leadership
Gender transformative leadership is predicated on these concrete principles:
1. Grounded in a vision of gender equality and women's rights.
2. Challenges privilege and imbalances in power to eliminate gendered inefficiencies and rights deficiencies that undermine global health.
3. Is intersectional, addressing social and personal characteristics that intersect with gender - race, ethnicity, etcetera - to create multiple disadvantages. In global health, gender transformative leadership would drive equal participation of all genders from all geographies.
4. Applies to leaders from any gender, not exclusively to women leaders.
5. Covers leadership at all levels in global health from community to global.
6. Recognizes different forms of leadership, such as thought leadership, which are not based on simple hierarchy and people managed.
7. Can be used to describe individuals, institutions, and health systems.
8. Follows the principle of "progressive realization" allowing for different starting points and contexts but prioritizing inclusion of the most marginalized and excluded.
9. Always a "work in progress" since power dynamics are constantly changing.
10. Assumes that gender equality equals smarter global health and that gender transformative leadership is therefore necessary for the achievement of #healthforall.
Gender transformative leaders in global health aim to leave no-one behind in access to health and equally, aim to leave no-one behind in leadership and decision-making.  

(Dr. Roopa Dhatt is the executive director and co-founder of Women in Global Health. Ann Keeling is currently senior fellow with the NGO Women in Global Health and chair of the NGO Age International.  Dr. Kelly Thompson is a programming specialist at Women in Global Health. Mehr Manzoor is a Fulbright scholar and a Ph.D. student at Tulane University).

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

India's Virat Kohli plays forward during the one day international between New Zealand and India in Napier, New Zealand on Wednesday.


A match billed as a runfest was turned upside-down by India's spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday, as New Zealand were crushed by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Napier.India arrived at the ground with captain Virat Kohli expecting 300-plus to be par but when ...

International »

Priyanka Gandhi also enters politics


AP, New Delhi :A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the 47-year-old daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She has in the ...

City »

People from all walks of life paid last respect to noted musician and freedom fighter Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul by giving floral wreaths on his coffin at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Sonam Bajwa is all set to make her big Bollywood debut


After creating an immense sensation in the Punjabi film industry, Sonam Bajwa is now ready to make her foray into Bollywood with Varun Dhawan. Yesterday Varun posted a video on social media where he was en route to Punjab for shooting and while on board Varun introduced film’s producer Bhushan ...

Editorial »

Doctors should ensure quality healthcare service to patients


IN a surprise visit to 11 government hospitals and health complexes in eight districts including Dhaka on Tuesday, the Anti-Corruption Commission found 92 doctors out of a total of 230 absent at their workplaces. Eleven teams from the ACC made the visits between 9:00am and 2:00pm.Recently, the ACC received allegations ...

City »

General students of Dhaka University formed a human chain in front of Aparajeya Bangla of the university on Tuesday demanding proper probe into the suicidal case of Taifur Rahman Protik, a student of Genetics Engineering and Bio-technology Department of Shahjalal Science and Technology University.


Editorial »

ACC's role in fighting corruption


THE Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday suspended one of its directors for allegedly leaking information about its investigation beforehand and also having nexus with the accused.  The suspended official was recently promoted as director. In May last year, the ACC also dismissed one of its assistant directors and suspended another for ...

Sports »

Rangpur Riders beat Khulna Titans


Sports Reporter :Rangpur Riders beat Khulna Titans by six wickets in the 25th match of the UCB 6th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city's Mirpur on Tuesday.Chasing Khulna's competitive 181 for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs, ...

Sports »

Greek sensation Tsitsipas into first Slam semi-final


AFP, Melbourne :Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas showed resilience and maturity Tuesday to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) win over Roberto Bautista Agut.Roger Federer's conqueror had to contend with dropping his serve early in each of the first three sets to the Spanish ...

International »

Ex-diplomats, scholars urge China to release Canadians


AFP, Beijing :A group of more than 100 former diplomats and academics have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the release of two Canadians who have been detained on allegations of espionage.Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were on December 10 arrested for ...

International »

France, Germany seek closer bond to tackle EU crisis


AFP, Aachen :France and Germany will on Tuesday sign a new friendship treaty to deepen their alliance at a time of crisis for the EU, drawing fire from the far right and a flurry of alarmist fake news reports.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are to sign ...

Business & Economy »

IMF cuts growth forecasts as world economic forum begins


AP, Davos, Switzerland :The world economy absorbed more bad news Monday: The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for 2019. And China, the world's second-biggest economy, said it had slowed to its weakest pace since 1990.The IMF cut its estimate for global growth this year to 3.5 percent, from ...

Entertainment »

Sherlyn Chopra raises the mercury in her latest video `Tunu Tunu`


The amorous Sherlyn Chopra has always treated her fans with her raunchy photoshoots and now the seductress diva is back with another treat for her fans. After treating the fans a few days back with a short teaser, now the diva has treated her fans with the full music video. ...

Editorial »

The miseries of River Karnafuli must end


WITH alleged support from a section of officials, the encroachment of Karnafuli banks is still rampant by some powerful quarters flouting the High Court order.  Quoting investigation report done by the National River Conservation Commission (NRCC), the media yesterday reported that none of the 2,181 illegal structures has been removed ...

Cricket »

David Warner to undergo surgery on injured elbow


Banned former Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to undergo minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday after returning home from the Bangladesh Premier League with an injury.Warner, alongside former skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended from international cricket over a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news