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Connecting Girls to School, Inspiring Futures in Health

Mar 8, 2012

International Women’s Day 2012

Unprecedented progress toward gender equality has been made in recent years. According to the 2012 World Development Report, 136 countries now guarantee the equality of all citizens and prohibit gender discrimination in their constitutions. The gender gap in primary education has narrowed or closed in most countries and more than a half a billion women joined the labor force in the past 30 years, making up over 40 percent of today's global workforce. Still, the gender gap persists in secondary education, and women continue to be segregated into lower paying, “female” occupations. Globally, they are underrepresented in senior management and leadership positions.1

IntraHealth recognizes the key role that women play in the health of communities and is committed to addressing the barriers faced by women in both accessing and delivering health services. Our strategies to foster gender equality include creating tools to assess gender sensitivity in health services, developing responses to gender-based violence, and promoting equal participation in the health professions.

On this International Women’s Day, IntraHealth’s leaders in gender equality and health discuss the paths girls follow, the obstacles they face, and the policies needed to secure futures as professional health workers.


Serious optimism: A conversation with Constance Newman about connecting girls to school, and women to the paid health workforce  

Corinne Farrell recently sat down with Constance Newman, IntraHealth’s Senior Team Leader for Gender Equality and Health and a committed advocate for social justice, to discuss this year’s International Women’s Day theme of ‘connecting girls and inspiring futures’. Asked how the International Women’s Day theme, Connecting girls, inspiring futures, relates to IntraHealth’s mission of empowering and supporting health workers, Constance Newman did not hesitate:  “It’s about connecting girls to school and protecting women’s ties to the paid health workforce.” » Read More

What USAID’s New Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy Means for Connecting Girls and Inspiring Futures in Health

Leading up to this year’s International Women’s Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) introduced a new Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. The goal of the policy is the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from development. We are excited about the launch of this new policy. For IntraHealth, gender equality in the health workforce means women and men having equal opportunities to choose a health occupation, develop requisite skills and knowledge, be fairly paid, enjoy equal treatment, and advance in a career.  » Read More


 International Women's Day resources
Gender Equality in Human Resources for Health: What Does This Mean and What Can We Do?

Gender equality in the health work means that women and men have an equal chance of choosing a health occupation, developing the requisite skills and knowledge, being fairly paid, enjoying equal treatment and advancing in a career.


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1. World Bank, World Development Report 2012

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