Nothing about us, without us’ was the official theme of the 2019 Africa Health Agenda Inter- national Conference (AHAIC) Youth Pre-Con- ference, yet, these words resonated deeply with the energy women delegates attending the main conference of AHAIC exuded.
The final day of the 2019 AHAIC fell on the eve of the International Women’s Day, an annual day of collective recognition and celebration of women. In this conference, women from across the world shone as key note speakers on the Universal Health Coverage agenda in Africa and its implementation, as researchers, advo- cates, active facilitators, engaged delegates, and lead organizers. Amref Health Africa took this opportunity to launch the Women in Global Health Africa hub.
“It’s an exceptional accomplishment for us as women in global health to launch the Women in Global Health Africa hub. Through this platform, we will empower African women who are underrepresented in health leadership and advocate for gender equity in public health
across the continent. I see a transformative change in the next 5-10 years, where African women are supported, mentored and increasingly leading the charge to deliver on lasting health change for Africa,” said Desta Lakew ’Amref Health Africa’s Director of Partnerships.
Women in Global Health (WGH) is an organization, built on a global movement that brings together all genders and backgrounds to achieve gender equality in global health leader- ship. WGH believes that everyone has the right to attain equal levels of participation in leader- ship and decision-making regardless of gender. This hub creates a platform for discussions and collaborative space for leadership, facilitates specific education and training, garners support and commitment from the global community, and demands change for Gender Transformative Leadership. As the narrative is changing, and equity is within reach, women are brilliantly shaping the direction of the health agenda impacting us and our communities. Taking this opportunity to showcase these women bringing lasting health changes, AHAIC 2019 organizers recognized several women for their leadership and efforts in promoting global health, including Dr Diane Gashumba, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Katja Iversen, the CEO of Women Deliver, Nice Nailantei, a global End-FGM ambassador, Professor Miriam Were, a champion for an AIDS-Free Generation and Senait Fisseha Alemu, a health extension worker from Ethiopia. We also heard the voices of many powerful women– present, leading and engaged.
AIDS-Free Generation and Senait Fisseha Alemu, a health extension worker from Ethiopia. We also heard the voices of many powerful women – present, leading and engaged.