The WGH Pakistan chapter will work towards gender parity in healthcare which is crucial for the women’s participation and contribution towards achieving the targets for Health, Gender, Economic Development, and reducing inequalities. Harnessing the full potential of the female health community in Pakistan is expected to promote economic equity and opportunity.
Reversing the workforce pool gender leaks is a major lever for addressing the critical health workforce shortage in the country and directly contributing to health. Mentorship and leadership training will create a deeper bench of talented women in health. The chapter will initiate research-informed policy dialogues to reduce workplace inequalities, address historical injustices that could bring 0.5 million women back to the health workforce pool to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The chapter will endeavor to formulate essential evidence-driven policy recommendations to make the environment conducive for the women in health at all levels.
The chapter will highlight areas of inequalities faced by women in health. The presence of women leaders in health will guard interests of sub-groups, make interventions and conversations more inclusive and collaborative, and enable systems that pave way for higher female participation closing the economic opportunity gap. The chapter also addresses the case of investment in SDG dividends, where one third of health investments required for meeting SDGs are required for the health workforce. The anticipated co-production will establish a locally relevant case for gender inclusivity in health workforce. This also supports educating more girls, driving equity of economic opportunity for them and promoting an enabling work environment for females to operate in. The establishment of this national chapter reflects Pakistan’s commitment and consciousness towards gender parity as well as Universal Health Coverage. WGHPakistan aims to create gender equality at all levels of global health through adequate representation by creating opportunities and enabling environment especially in leadership roles.
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