HEALTH MATTERS I Women leaders
Heroines of health, 2021 Women in Global Health
Women in Global Health (https:// www.womeningh.org/) first organised the Heroines of Health Awards in 2017. The initiative was recognised by global leaders, including Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the present director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia (2006–2018). Both of them will be speaking at the 2021 event, to shine a much-needed spotlight on the problematic fact that women deliver health, but do not lead it. The awards seek to promote women leaders, such as the seven profiled below.
A digital gala/urgent global meeting was arranged to hear from women health workers and call for a new social contract. Healthcare workers, policymakers and governments around the globe were invited to join the virtual gala held 3pm-4.45pm in the UK on 5 October 2021.
The seven heroines of health (nominated by their peers) listed below were given a platform to discuss what they want and the solutions needed to reach global health equity, end the pandemic and address the most challenging issues facing women in global health.
Addressing the most challenging issues facing women in global health.
October 2021 Vol 15 No 9 British Journal of Healthcare Assistants