Women in Global Health Norway Annual Conference 2020 - Day 1

Women in Global Health (WGH) Norway is pleased to announce the first Annual Conference happening this Fall. Join this two-day virtual event focusing on WGH in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Day 1 of the Annual Conference can be viewed here:

WGH Norway’s two-day virtual annual conference will take place on October 21st (Day 1) and 23rd (Day 2), 2020. The Day 2 event page can be found here. The conference will focus on the WGH's Five Asks for Gender-Responsive Global Health Security from the #COVID5050 WGH International campaign, particularly targeting Asks 1 & 2:

  1. Include women in global health security decision making structures and public discourse

  2. Provide health workers, most of whom are women, with safe and decent working conditions



14:00 – 14:10    


Introduction to Women in Global Health (WGH) 

  • Roopa Dhatt - Executive Director, Women in Global Health (WGH)

14:10 – 15:15

Session 1 – Women representation in Global Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and why it matters. Panel discussion with Q&A from the audience
Women are 70% of the global health workforce but underrepresented in COVID-19 decision-making leadership & media commentaries. Learn why inclusion of women in global health security decision making structures and public discourse matters and what is being done to address the imbalance.

Moderator: Andrea S. Winkler - Co-founder & Founding Director, WGH Norway

  • Sarah Hillware - Deputy Director, Women in Global Health (WGH)
  • Bente Mikkelsen - Director, NCD Department, World Health Organization (WHO) 
  • Anne Bergh - Director for Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) 

15:15 – 16:25

Session 2 – Career Pathways in Global Health. Short panel discussion & small group breakout room discussions
Explore career options. Hear from our panelists at different stages of their careers, on how they have forged their own path within Global Health and the challenges and rewards along the way, then break into small groups for a live Q&A with your chosen panelist.

Moderator: Candela Iglesias Chiesa - Founder & Director, Global Health Advisors

  • Bernadette Nirmal Kumar - Professor, Empower School of Health in India, Chair, Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, Co-Chair of Lancet Migration & President, EUPHA Section Migration and Ethnic Minority Health
  • Anine Kongelf - EPIET Fellow, Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • Fjola Sigurdardottir - Founder, Prelud AS
  • Bernadette Abela-Ridder - Team Leader, Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, World Health Organisation (WHO) 
  • Benedikte Louise Alveberg - Senior Advisor, Department of Global Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

Breakout room facilitators:

16:25 – 16:30

Closing remarks  Sarah Hillware - Deputy Director, Women in Global Health (WGH)


We are bringing together an array of national and international speakers working in diverse settings who will bring in deep expertise on global health security; the risks faced by women working in the front lines of the pandemic and how to alleviate these; and bring to light the value of unpaid work conducted by women in the pandemic. 

In addition to this, we want to provide a forum for young global health professionals to understand career opportunities and challenges. We are bringing together women leaders in global health to share their experiences of their career paths in different sectors, including the experiences of women of color in global health and how they dealt with various challenges. 

The event will also include the opportunity to interact with various speakers and share experiences and questions in virtual break-out sessions.

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Published July 7, 2020 8:40 PM - Last modified June 1, 2022 12:03 PM