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Issue No.60
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 60, April 2020


Delivered by women, led by men

A report on gender and equity in the global health and social workforce

By N. Venugopalan (, Programme Manager, ICSF Trust, Chennai, India

How do we address the question of inequality in global health infrastructure, especially during the pandemic grip of COVID-19? The report, produced by the WHO Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub is the latest gender and equity analysis on the health workforce – looking collectively for the first time at issues of leadership: decent work free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment; gender pay gap; and occupational segregation across the entire workforce.

The health sector is a major employer of women. Using a review of 170 studies from the global North, the report shows that there are major gaps in data and research from low and middle income countries (LMICs) with respect to the gender and equality dimensions of the health workforce.

The demand for a better health dividend shows that there is an estimated shortfall of 18 million new jobs in LMICs. The gender dividend argues that education