The 2021 Report

Launching March 2021

Now more than ever, commitments and accountability to uphold equality and dignity are essential. Delivering on such commitments will enable organisations to retain the employees most affected by today’s crises, and build back better by shaping more gender-balanced, inclusive and effective workplaces.

2021 Global Health 50/50 Report

The fourth annual Global Health 50/50 report is now underway.

The 2021 Global Health 50/50 Report comes at a time when organisations, particularly those working to advance global health, are operating under unprecedented levels of pressure and uncertainty. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed deep inequalities in our societies, with women, and particularly women from disadvantaged communities, who are disproportionately represented in low-paid jobs and facing substantial increases in domestic labour, most acutely affected. 

Now more than ever, our commitments to uphold equality and dignity are essential. Delivering on such commitments will enable organisations to retain the employees most affected by today’s crises, and build back better by shaping more gender-balanced, inclusive and effective workplaces. 

With this in mind, the 2021 Global Health 50/50 Report will explore how the global health sector is responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its workforce and showcase positive examples to contribute to learning across the sector, to include: 
  1. A deeper look at progress made since 2019 into organisational policies to promote gender equality within the workplace, including anti-sexual harassment policies, family-friendly policies, and gender pay gap reporting, and; 
  2. Monitoring the response of the global health sector to COVID-19. This will involve looking at:
    • How organisations are maintaining workplaces that promote gender equality during the pandemic, which is having profound impacts on employment and disproportionately affecting women and people in lower-paid, less stable positions. Please see the table below and our Living Review for more information on the evidence-informed framework we have developed to guide this review. 
    • The extent to which organisations are incorporating a gender lens in their COVID-19 programmatic work, building in part on our COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker. 

The framework that GH5050 will apply to its review of organisational policies and activities can be found below. GH5050 does not expect that organisations will have formally updated their human resources and benefits policies, nor that any organisation has accounted for all of the considerations outlined below. Rather, the framework below presents illustrative examples of the kind of evidence that GH5050 is considering in its review of organisational workplace policies.

A living review of the evidence used to inform the development of this framework can be found here
Our draft GH5050 Framework for reviewing workplace policies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on equity, inclusion and well-being:

About the annual report and Gender and Health Index

Find out more about our annual report, how we assess organisations and which organisations are included here. Explore our accompanying signature Gender and Health Index here.

About the 2020 Report

The 2020 report provided an unprecedented birds-eye view of the global health system. It showed an inspiring increase in organisational commitment to gender equality. At the same time, it revealed persistent inequalities — an inequality of opportunity in career pathways inside organisations and an inequality in who benefits from the global health system. Explore the 2020 report here.