The first-ever list of Canadian women leaders in global health, which seeks to improve the visibility and recognition of Canadian women in the field, was recently launched at the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Toronto. Nearly one-third of the women experts on the list have links to IDRC as supported researchers, awardees, employees, or partners. Researchers supported by the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative — a program jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC — are particularly well-represented, illustrating once again how partnerships contribute in advancing global health priorities.
Initiated by Jocalyn Clark, executive editor of The Lancet, the Canadian women leaders in global health list was founded in collaboration with Eva Slawecki, executive director of the Canadian Society for International Health and Sarah Lawley, director general of the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio, at the Public Health Agency of Canada.
“No longer should journal editors or conference organizers say they cannot find enough women experts in global health to contribute to peer review, articles, speaking engagements, or panels. And as media, government, funders, or other organizations seek technical experts, we hope the list is a valuable resource for them,” Clark and Slawecki write in the list’s introduction. “Anyone looking to broaden, deepen, or diversify their networks and communities of practice will also find this list helpful.”
The women on the list are leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and international organizations who have a minimum of seven years of experience and have made substantial contributions to global health.