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

Report and live stream recording - available here

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.






8.30 Registration with coffee/tea
9.00 Welcome

Ingeborg K. Haavardsson | Leader, WGH Norway | Managing Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO

9.05 Keynote Siri Forsmo | Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences & Professor in Public Health, NTNU (TBD)


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 Violence Against Women - remains a Critical Issue Mirjam Lukasse | Professor in Midwifery, University of South-Eastern Norway
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
10.05 Access to Safe Abortion Care and its Consequences for Women's Health Globally Maria Lisa Odland |  Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU


Women's Health in the Post-pandemic World - Do we have the knowledge needed? Grete Herlofsen | Secretary General, Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association

Recognition and Remarks from Career Leaders in Global Health: 

10:50 Musical performance from Jon Øyvind Odland 
11:00 Coffee break and networking (please bring your own lunch - lunch will be available for purchase in the canteen)

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.




12.00 Introduction

(Session 2 moderator)

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

12.05 Moving the WGH Agenda Forward in Partnership Andrea S. Winkler - Special Counselor, WGH Norway | Deputy Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
12.10 Capacity Building and Sustainability as a Foundation of Women’s Participation and Leadership Fiffi Mukwege Namugunga | Founder, SayuniHub & Social Entrepreneur 


Women leadership in global health organizations in a post-pandemic era

Intro: Grete Faremo | Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNOPS 

  • Bernadette Kumar | Advisory Group, WGH Norway
  • Helga Fogstad | Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • Ingrid Stange | Founder and Chair, Partnership for Change

Why and how men can and must engage as allies, supporters and collaborators with women organizations, groups and conferences

  • Jeanette H. Magnus | Special Counselor, WGH Norway | Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO
  • Peter Baker | Director, Global Action on Men’s Health 
13.25 Closing remarks Solveig Kirsti Grudt | Head, Dep. of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU
Published July 22, 2021 1:54 AM - Last modified May 11, 2022 11:20 AM