How gender-responsive are the world’s most influential global health organisations?

8 MARCH 2018 | London, UK

A girl wearing a head scarf and a boy in the background.
Adrien Taylor

The Global Health 50/50 Report, the first of its kind, provides a comprehensive review of the gender-related policies of 140 major organisations working in and/or influencing the field of global health. The initiative is focused at the intersection of several SDGs, including health (3), gender equality (5), inequalities (10) and inclusive societies and institutions (16).

Gender equality has seemingly been embraced as a priority in global health. However, the report is inspired by a growing concern that too few global health organisations walk the talk by defining, programming, resourcing or monitoring gender, either as a determinant of health, or as a driver of career equality in their own workplaces. The report seeks to provide evidence of where the gaps lie, while also shining a light on ways forward.

Through an examination of seven domains, the report provides an in-depth look at the extent to which global health organisations commit and take action to promote gender equality, both through their programmes and operations, and within the workplace. The report is based on reviewing a snapshot of publicly available information between October 2017 and February 2018 and in response to its findings, presents a series of evidence-informed policy recommendations that global health organisations can take to be at the forefront of meaningfully driving gender equality in and through health.

Cover of the Global Health 50/50 Report 2018
Global Health 50/50

The seven domains examined were:

  • Public statement of commitment to gender equality
  • Gender defined in institutional policies and consistent with global norms
  • Programmatic policies in place to guide gender-responsive action
  • Sex-disaggregated data collected and reported
  • Workplace policies and practices with specific measures to promote gender equality in place
  • Gender parity in governing bodies and senior management
  • Gender of the head of the organisation, and of the governing body

Global Health 50/50 Report