WGH Norway Annual Conference 2021

Women in Global Health (WGH) Norway, hosted by the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo (UiO), in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is pleased to welcome you to Trondheim for Global Health Day in celebration of the WGH Norway second Annual Conference.

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Women knitting in Bhaktapur, Nepal Photo: Elin Yli Dvergsdal, NTNU

An inequitable health system impacts the health of all and the recent onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities especially for women and young girls. COVID-19 is a syndemic pandemic, meaning that the pandemic strengthens existing patterns of social health inequalities. The ongoing crisis represents a doubling of concerns for marginalized groups that from the outset are far more exposed to a large number of challenges and diseases. Not only are they harder hit by the virus itself, they also suffer more due to the social and economic consequences following the virus e.g., loss of employment and income, social isolation and reduced access to health services.

In pandemics and disaster and conflict areas women and girls carry the largest burden, reporting of long-term health problems after COVID-19 infection, including among other issues a higher degree of exposure to physical or sexual violence. As we hope to soon enter the post-COVID-19 pandemic era, we need to rethink our approaches and priorities related to the health of young girls and women, especially in low resource settings.






9.00 Welcome
  • Ingeborg K. Haavardsson | Leader, WGH Norway | Managing Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
  • Siri Forsmo | Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences & Professor in Public Health, NTNU
9.05 Keynote Dag-Inge Ulstein | Minister of International Development, Norway


Session 1: Critical issues in women’s health in the post-pandemic era

In the first session, we will provide a forum for scholars, activists and health care providers to shed light on the health conditions of women in the post pandemic world. Speakers in this session will focus attention on critical global health issues for the next decade. These are issues wherein girls and women suffer disproportionate burdens, risks and adverse health impacts, but also where women’s capabilities and resources have been largely under-utilized.




9.15 Introduction

(Session 1 moderator)

Jennifer Infanti | Researcher, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU

9.20 TBD Mirjam Lukasse | Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet
9.35 Armed Conflict and Maternal Health Care Delivery: Micro-level evidence from sub-Saharan Africa Gudrun Østby | Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo  (PRIO) 
9:50 Example of Costs to Health of Unpaid Care Work: Women as caregivers of children with disability, Nepal Namrata Pradhan | PhD Candidate, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU
10.00 TBC TBC
10.15 Women's Health in the Post-pandemic World - Do we have the knowledge needed? Grete Herlofsen | Secretary General, Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association


Access to Safe Family Planning & its Consequences for Women Globally Maria Lisa Odland | Research Fellow Global Health, University of Birmingham
10.45 Wrap up

Coffee break and networking

Session 2: Women leadership and the global health agenda - what’s next?

The second session will provide a platform to amplify the voices of change makers who are working towards the WGH vision of gender equality within global health leadership. We will hear practical examples of effective measures to:

  • dismantle gendered disadvantage in health organizations;  
  • why and how men can and must engage as allies/supporters and collaborators in women’s organizations, groups and conferences, including WGH Norway;  
  • showcase women who have broken barriers by taking on leadership roles in pursuit of health, human rights and social justice.  




11.30 Introduction

(Session 2 moderator)

Elodie Besnier | PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social and Educational Studies, NTNU

  TBD Andrea S. Winkler - Special Counselor, WGH Norway | Deputy Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
11.35 TBD Bernadette Kumar | Advisory Group, WGH Norway
11.50 Capacity Building and Sustainability as a Foundation of Women’s Participation and Leadership Fiffi Mukwege Namugunga | Social Entrepreneur 


Panel Discussion


  • Ingrid Stange | Founder and Chair, Partnership for Change
  • to be announced soon..
12.35 Dialogue
  • Jeanette H. Magnus | Special Counselor, WGH Norway | Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
  • Peter Baker | Director, Global Action on Men’s Health
12.55 Closing remarks
Published July 22, 2021 1:54 AM - Last modified July 22, 2021 2:08 AM