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Join the Aspen Global Innovators Group and the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls for “Accelerating Breakthroughs in Global Health: The Impact and Power of Women’s Leadership.” This conversation, in honor of Women’s History Month, will explore how we can advance and celebrate women’s leadership in global health.

Gender equity is inherently linked to achieving the 17 the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As UN Women writes, “Women are not only more affected by these problems, but also possess ideas and leadership to solve them.”

Women lead differently, building up entire communities in service of our biggest global challenges, including global health equity. While women make up 70% of the global health workforce, only 25% hold senior leadership positions. To disaggregate even further, women from low- and middle-income countries hold only 5% of executive roles in global health leadership. As the overwhelming majority of this workforce, women in the global health ecosystem are quite literally putting their lives on the line as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

This discussion will featuring global health exemplars, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn, and moderated by Lola Adedokun, this virtual panel will ask panelists to share best practices in advancing women’s leadership in the global health and health research agendas as we envision a post-pandemic world where gender equity and justice are embedded in all decisions that will inform the new normal.”

Take a moment to check out the insightful conversation HERE.


Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD

Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Rwanda

Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Lola Adedokun, MPH

Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group