4. Gender equality is important but, as yet, it is unrealized in global health organizations.
Women’s equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals integral to all dimensions of inclusive development and the success of Agenda 2030.
Increased diversity in global health organizations is important both to reap the rewards identified in other sectors but also for the sector to legitimately promote progress towards key gender and health-related goals.
While 70 per cent of the global health sector are women, compared to an average of 41 per cent across other sectors, most decision-making roles within global health organizations are held by men.
A new report by Global Health 50/50 shows that fewer than 3 out of 10 organizations have achieved gender parity in senior management while 71 per cent of board chairs and 72 per cent of chief executives are men.
Many global health organizations still fail to make any explicit commitment to gender equality and less than one third of organizations define gender in a way that is consistent with global norms.
Furthermore, the median earnings of male employees are 13.5 per cent higher than for female employees and flexible leave policies for parents are not yet the norm.