It could be half a century before global health organizations achieve equity in their leadership, according to the Global Health 50/50 report—released yesterday on International Women’s Day, The Guardian reports.
In sum: The top 200 global health organizations are dominated by older males from high-income countries, educated at elite institutions.
The numbers speak for themselves:
- 85% of global health organizations are headquartered in Switzerland, the UK, and the US
- Over 80% of global health leaders are from HICs
- 73% of executive heads are men
- Women from low- and middle-income countries hold just 5% of leadership roles
However difficult it may be, change will mean powerful men—like himself—“leaning out” to make room, writes Madhukar Pai in a Forbes series.
And small gestures also matter, writes Melinda Gates in The New York Times. “You could just ask a question,” such as: “How do you think I could be a better advocate for the women around me?”