Media Advisory: IntraHealth, Nursing Now, and Johnson & Johnson to Launch Nursing and Leadership Report at Women Deliver


Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International

On June 6, IntraHealth International, Nursing Now, and Johnson & Johnson will launch a new report—Investing in the Power of Nurse Leadership: What Will it Take?—at a side event during Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver. 


The nursing workforce has massive potential to drive health and economic gains, especially for women and girls. Investing in that potential is a must to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on health, gender equality, decent work, and poverty alleviation. Yet persistent gender-related barriers in women’s leadership jeopardize full returns on those investments. IntraHealth International, Nursing Now, and Johnson & Johnson convened a partnership to research the barriers and pathways to success for female nurses. Researchers surveyed more than 2,500 nurses in 117 countries on a cross-section of gender-related issues, including occupational sex segregation, discrimination, sexual harassment, unpaid care work, and mentorship. At a June 6 launch event during Women Deliver, Barbara Stilwell of Nursing Now and Constance Newman of IntraHealth will share the findings of the report. Two panels moderated by Raj Kumar of Devex will then dive deeper into the issues.


  • Edna Adan, activist and former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Somaliland
  • Barbara Stilwell, executive director, Nursing Now
  • Constance Newman, senior team leader, gender equality and health, IntraHealth International
  • Raj Kumar (moderator), founding president and editor-in-chief, Devex
  • Jonathan (Nathan) Monis, nurse and Women Deliver Young Leader
  • Roopa Dhatt, executive director, Women in Global Health
  • Pamela Cipriano, first vice president of the International Council of Nurses
  • Michelle McIsaac, Economist, Health Workforce, World Health Organization
  • Sheila Tlou, cochair of Nursing Now and former Minister of Health of Botswana


Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30-8:00 AM


Vancouver Convention Centre
Room 116/117
1055 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC
V6C 0C3


Women comprise the majority of the health workforce globally yet hold only 25% of health system leadership roles. Addressing gender-related barriers to leadership is critical to achieving universal health coverage and women’s economic empowerment. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and is leading a new report on the State of the World’s Nursing. It’s essential that the direct voices and perspectives of nurses on issues of leadership inform the global agenda. Reports will be available at the event. During and after the launch, media will have an opportunity to interact with and interview speakers and panelists.


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