The role of women’s leadership in health system strengthening

This brief summarises a longer paper on women's leadership in the health sector and draws together evidence from the global level, Zimbabwe, and Cambodia to illustrate some of the barriers and enablers of gender equity.

Sarah Hyde and Kate Hawkins , 2017

In many countries, more than 75% of people engaged and working in global health are women, but this proportion of women is not reflected at the top levels of leadership. Gender bias is apparent in personal, political, economic and public life. The health sector is no exception. This brief explores the ways in which gender affects progression and leadership in global health at many levels. It presents a new agenda for change aimed at strengthening health systems, and making them more equitable and responsive.

Research summary | Cross-cutting