PSI Becomes One of the Top Global Health Organizations for Gender Equality

By Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, PSI

The 2019 GlobalHealth5050 rankings are out —and PSI is proud to have moved into GH5050’s “highest performers” category!

We are humbled to be listed alongside great partners such as Mercy Corps, Unilever, Plan International, GAVI, DFID, Global Affairs Canada and UNFPA. This year’s GH5050 report explored workplace policies and practices, and how organizations are and should be putting gender equity into practice. This is not only in terms of our programming, but also in terms of our most valuable resource: our people.

PSI still has a long way to go. We’ve made important strides in gender equity across our senior staff and country leadership cadres regarding our programming to meet the health needs of Sara (our archetypical consumer across PSI’s 50 countries) and regarding our staff policies and procedures that help ensure we don’t slide back. But there is so much more for us to do as we pursue diversity and inclusion best practices to drive our performance and delivery for Sara, to find and retain the best talent and learn from other organizations whose policies are more advanced than ours.

Since 1970, PSI’s work has sprung from the founding realization that women’s reproductive health needs were not being effectively met in many parts of the world. We and others have been at this work for many decades, but this realization is still true today. Gender equity in our workplace, but also as a lens on our work, helps us close that gap faster. We feel the urgency of our mission to help Sara lead a healthier life and plan the family she desires.

GH5050 has been a terrific incentive to get more focused and serious about this important set of issues. Few things motivate us like comparisons and rankings—they’re imperfect, but they do grab attention!

We admire the leading organizations and people in the gender equity space, and we strive to be among them. I participated in a Twitter chat with some of these organizations, like Global Health Corps and Women in Global Health, for International Women’s Day 2019. Check out some of the highlights from the #WithoutThisWoman chat below.

Banner image: (c) PSI/Benjamin Schilling

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