Campaigns and Taskforces

As a national chapter, WGH Norway supports the global movement with various functions and activities that are relevant to the national context.

COVID 50/50 Taskforce

The year 2020, marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, which was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in past decades were put at risk. The ongoing pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities and exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems that are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic. In support, WGH started the #COVID5050 Campaign introducing the Five Asks for Gender-Responsive Global Health Security to help confront power and privilege, which undermine global health by preventing women from contributing equally to the fight against challenges like COVID-19. Therefore, WGH Norway initiated an ad-hoc COVID 50/50 Taskforce led by WGH Norway Advisory Group Member, Candela Iglesias Chiesa to serve as a national hub for COVID-19 and gender equity actions and activities. In support, three WGH Norway members lead working groups consisting of other chapter members working on COVID-19 related activities and events, interviews, rapid assessments and more. We welcome and encourage all WGH members to join and participate in this ongoing campaign!

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Q&A Interview series

The COVID 50/50 Taskforce, specifically the Short Stories working group has developed an interview series known as Q&A. This series aims to share stories and reflections of women working in global health and their experiences related to the Five Asks. These informative interviews also highlight the personal and professional perspectives of women working during the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway.

Q&A "Closing the gender gap is vital on the mental health front”

In this Q&A Interview, Bobbie Ray Sannerud, an American executive and Clinical Psychologist in Oslo shares her reflections about the ongoing pandemic and the importance of closing the gender gap.

Q&A featuring Marianne Jahre

In this Q&A Interview, Marianne Jahre, Professor at Lund University and BI Norwegian Business School introduces her current research and shares personal and professional lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A "We have every right to be safe"

In this Q&A Interview, Parvathi Rau Bains, shares experience with working with vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A featuring Gunnveig Grødeland

In this Q&A Interview, Gunnveig Grødeland, Researcher at the Department of Immunology at the University of Oslo introduces her current research and shares personal and professional lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway.


Five Asks for Gender-Responsive Global Health Security

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Global Health Security Depends on Women, Photo: Women in Global Health
  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
  3. Recognize the value of women's unpaid care work by including it in the formal labor market and redistributing unpaid family care equally
  4. Adopt a gender-sensitive approach to health security data collection/analysis and response management
  5. Fund women's movements to unleash capacity to address critical gender issues

Interested in joining a WGH Norway Taskforce?

We encourage all WGH Norway members to join and participate! To learn more about this opportunity or to join a Taskforce, please contact the Secretariat.

Secretariat

Ingeborg K. Haavardsson

Gabriella Rodriguez

Published Apr. 20, 2021 5:10 PM - Last modified May 10, 2021 6:38 PM