Johnson & Johnson Foundation is pleased to partner with Women in Global Health (WGH) on a digital COVID 50/50 Action Labs series to foster dialogue on how gender inequity is impacting the global response to COVID-19.
The fifth and final Action Lab in the series on Thursday, December 10, 9 a.m. EST, will highlight the need for resources to reach frontline women's organizations delivering essential services in health and social care, and unpack how to leverage these movements to address critical issues in global health security.
Women spend more time, on average, supporting their local communities than men, often in unpaid roles. During COVID-19, we've seen women's groups around the world provide essential services for their communities. The pandemic has increased the demand for women's movements and organizations, particularly following increases of gender-based violence and vulnerability.
Despite their essential functions, women's organizations and movements are underfunded in all regions. While overseas development aid from bilateral donors for gender equality and women's empowerment has increased in the last decade, only .5% of gender-focused donor aid went directly to women's NGOs in low-income countries in 2017-18.
Each Action Lab, produced in collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, addresses one of the WGH Five Asks through interactive panel discussions showcasing the voices of those central to the response to COVID-19 and are designed to drive local advocacy. Previous Action Labs focused on women in global health security decision-making and women's leadership within the health and social care workforce; providing safe and decent working conditions for health workers, most of whom are women; recognizing women's unpaid work; and adopting a gender-sensitive approach to health security data collection/analysis and response management.
Join us, and Engage! Enable! And Ignite Action! Gender Equality can’t wait till the next pandemic.