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.
Join us! We are excited to host the #WithoutThisWoman Twitter Chat with @ghcorps and @GlobalHlth5050 – and to learn about who inspires our communities on this #IWD2019 ! #genderequity #womeninGH #BalanceforBetter https://t.co/wbt5c8hchb
— Women In Global Health (@womeninGH) March 8, 2019
Q1: Kicking off our #WithoutThisWoman chat & #IWD2019 with shout outs ✨ Who are some of the #womeninGH who have impacted your life/career? Tag them + tell us how! #GH5050 #IWD2019 #womeninGH #BalanceforBetter pic.twitter.com/oB7BhdmMnD
— Global Health Corps (@ghcorps) March 8, 2019
An obvious pick for obvious reasons and someone who cannot be credited enough for incredible progress in #globalhealth: @melindagates #. Cannot imagine #womeninGH #WithoutThisWoman #IWD2019 https://t.co/BM22wclC4o
— Julia Drost (@julia_drost) March 8, 2019
— PACE (@paceUganda) March 8, 2019
Creating supportive environment for Women to reach their full potential is our collective responsibility; men and women but if you are a woman in position of power, it is your DUTY! Cheers to @WomeninGHSo @womeninGH for creating supp. Env. #IWD2019 #WithoutThisWoman #GH5050 pic.twitter.com/IRB54ohbdN
— WomeninGHSomalia (@WomeninGHSo) March 8, 2019
We agree! At Abt, we have many #womeninGH scientists involved in implementation research who impact the lives of people around the world on a daily basis.#WithoutThisWoman #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #GH5050 https://t.co/aqFYkej26n
— Abt Associates (@abtassociates) March 8, 2019
A8: A world with greater #genderequity will feature laws and funders who support better #parentalleave in the US, no more single-sex discussion panels, and no taboo topics of human sexuality in our work #WomeninGH #BalanceforBetter #WithoutThisWoman #IWD2019
— Karl Hofmann (@KarlHofmannPSI) March 8, 2019
A8: @MCSPglobal envisions a world where more women are in leadership positions. For example, one midwife in Burma supervises a large staff of integrated community #malaria volunteers. #WithoutThisWoman #BalanceforBetter #GH5050 #IWD2019https://t.co/nv37uPCQ2h https://t.co/74Ux7gZ6Z8
— MCSPglobal (@MCSPglobal) March 8, 2019
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