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Women in Global Health Canada

Women in Global Health Canada

As the official Canadian chapter of Women in Global Health, WGH Canada joined 40 chapters globally, bridging national priorities and messages with the global movement for gender transformative change in global health. These efforts are coordinated by the CWIGH Leadership Steering Committee and have been supported by the Canadian Association for Global Health. 

WGH Canada welcomes Canadians of all genders, career stages, geographies and sectors. Any organization or individual sharing our vision can join our network! 

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About Women in Global Health (WGH)

Women in Global Health (WGH) was founded in 2015 to achieve gender equality in global health leadership. Today, WGH is an international movement with more than 50,000 supporters across more than 90 countries. Executive Director Dr. Roopa Dhatt and the global team work with WGH chapters to promote gender equity in health by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating to existing global health leaders to transform their own institutions, and by holding these leaders to account.   

​Past Events 


Canada boasts one of the world's most diverse populations. Despite their high education and skill levels, internationally trained health care workers often face obstacles when trying to join Canada's health care workforce. Furthermore, in addition to gender, the health workforce's experiences are influenced by various factors such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. WGH Canada is hosting an event to gather diverse perspectives on the Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce and explore how to establish a new social contract for women health and care workers.

Transforming Global Health Leadership: Operationalizing Principles of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

This event was a virtual conversation on operationalizing concepts of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to create healthy & diverse workforces in the global health sector. It looked to showcase concrete examples and opportunities for how these principles can be successfully applied within an individual's sphere of influence.

Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce Initiative: Canadian Perspectives

The Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce Initiative (GEHCWI), a partnership between the World Health Organization, the Government of France and Women in Global Health, aims to strengthen investment in and protection of health and care workers. GEHCWI is an opportunity for the health and care sectors to drive policy action to achieve the visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment outlined in Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This webinar explored the application of GEHCWI in Canada and discusses the necessary action needed to achieve transformative systemic change. Watch the recording

Women Leaders During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With more than half of its national COVID-19 response team composed of women, Canada has emerged as a leading country in putting women’s voices and representation at the centre of its pandemic response. In light of this achievement, this webinar showcased four incredible Canadian women leaders who shared their experiences of working and leading during the COVID-19 pandemic and discussed the importance of gender parity in global health security leadership.

Women in Global Health Canada Chapter Launch

WGH Canada was launched on September 29th during a virtual event that brought together practitioners, academics, service providers, policy makers, and advocates working on gender-transformative reforms and featured a fantastic line-up of women experts who shared their perspectives about how to achieve lasting gender equality through better and more gender-responsive health systems. 

Women in Global Health Canada