Speaker Series: Gender and Power
COVID-19 has demanded the world’s attention this year, tested the resilience of health systems, and exacerbated existing inequalities. As countries grapple with its long-term effects, ensuring women’s voices and perspectives are included in the response is an urgent priority to improve health outcomes.
This virtual speaker series will explore the gender and power dynamics at play in this health emergency, offer a look into the challenges women face and outline immediate and long-term actions we can take to prioritize women’s leadership.
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Upcoming Event: Exploring Women’s Voice and Representation in the Media
Thursday August 20, 2020 / 45 min + 15 min Q&A / 8:30am PDT / 11:30am EDT / 9:00pm IST / 6:30pm EAT
The media is a powerful force, helping to shape who we are and how we see ourselves. Yet far too often, diversity in the media is an overlooked and under-appreciated factor in what shapes the narratives that define our lives. Moreover, who tells stories in the media should be based on an individual's level of expertise, yet too often, the voices of women experts are passed over or disregarded.
Women have long been underrepresented in the mainstream media – as journalists, editors and opinion writers, as spokespeople and quoted experts, and as subjects of stories. During the COVID-19 pandemic these disparities have only been exacerbated. Male voices have dominated the public narrative about the pandemic, building on a longstanding culture of media turning to men as the leading figures of scientific authority. Women, for example, make up only a handful of those quoted in coverage about COVID-19.
Thinking about how diversity in media enhances our ability to understand the impacts of health emergencies like COVID-19 is critical. Hear from three leading women in health media on the various ways gender disparities play out in the field, how women are changing the landscape, and the critical steps media institutions can take to ensure equitable representation throughout all aspects of their organizations.
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Event Guest Moderator: Michele Barry, Founder, WomenLift Health
Michele Barry is Founder of WomenLift Health and Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University. Dr. Barry served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee; is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and sits on its global health board. Dr. Barry is a recipient of both the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for outstanding contributions to women in the field of medicine and the Ben Kean Medal for dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows, and practitioners.
Previous Event: Philanthropy Reimagined with Women Leaders
Philanthropy is a major force in health, development and human rights around the world. Increasingly, philanthropists are realizing that support for gender equity requires a cross-cutting approach and must go beyond funding projects to meet individual women and girls' needs. COVID-19 - a pandemic with increasingly nonwhite and female knock-on effects - serves as an acute reminder of the ways in which a health issue can play out along both gender and racial lines, and the urgent need for philanthropists to take gender, and its intersections with race, seriously. As philanthropists adapt to this moment and look ahead, there is a critical opportunity to reassess and reimagine how they're making funding choices. This includes looking at gender and race across their program areas, the make-up of their grantees and within their own organizations. The fact is that in the U.S. funding for women of color made up less than one percent of all funding in 2016, and in the UK, 99% of foundation boards are white. It's clear there is a lot of work to do to truly empower the women and communities leading the most impactful work on the ground.