Women say they are determined to increase their participation in leadership of global health since the Medical profession is a reflection of hierarchies and structures in society including gender-based hierarchies.
Kigali is hosting a conference dubbed Women Leaders in Global Health organized by University of Global Health Equity.
“Women must be in leadership roles, they make up 70% of the workforce and only 25% of leadership. I am confident that we will leave with concrete solutions,” Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame said while delivering her remarks.
According to discussants change in global health leadership towards gender equity is already taking place but they are concerned the pace is very low.
Delegates at the conference believe that fundamental changes are necessary in the current gender arrangement reflected in the domination of men in leadership positions in the global health sector.
Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, “We as women are born innately powerful.”
The male dominated global health sector is blamed for its hierarchical and authoritative proclivities. The current forum is proposing the breakdown of this situation through picking lessons from the History of African Women’s leadership and authority to model female leadership to strengthen western cosmopolitan medicine.
According to one of the presenters, Prof Filomena Steady, Pre-colonial Africa never prohibited women from taking up leadership roles, “Female leadership is part and parcel of African statecraft.”