GH5050 summary findings on organisational commitment to gender equality

Just over half of global health organisations have explicitly committed to gender equality in their strategies or policies.


Gender equality, as a right in itself and a condition for health and development, has been an explicit global health commitment since 1994. Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development recognises the achievement of gender equality as a prerequisite for sustainable development, including in the context of health.

Gender equality is inextricable from global health, yet just one out of three global health organisations state a commitment to gender equality to benefit all people. The same proportion—one out of three—make no stated commitment to gender equality.

So what do we do about it?

GH5050 Recommendations

  • Global health organisations should make an explicit commitment to gender equality.
  • Having made this commitment, leaders of global health organisations should adopt policies and incentivise practices that respond to evidence on the impact of gender on the health, wellbeing and careers of all people.