Our vision, mission and values

Global Health 50/50 works to advance action and accountability for gender equality in global health. Here you can find out about our guiding mission, vision, values and policies.

Image: Untitled, Micha Serraf, South Africa (2018)

Our vision

Better health and equal opportunities for all people of all genders, everywhere

Our mission

Global Health 50/50 is an independent research initiative that informs, inspires and incites action and accountability for gender equality and health equity.

We fulfill our mission by: 

  • Informing global discourse with the world’s most rigorous and extensive index on the state of gender equality in global organisations active in health and health policy
  • Inspiring a vision of a new normal for gender equality in global health
  • Inciting a movement to demand and deliver the policies that will lead to gender equality in the workplace and in global health programmes

Our values

  • Equity, fairness and justice
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Excellence driven by rigorous research, evidence and peer-review
  • ‘Glocal’ collaboration and partnerships for lasting impact for those who need it most, everywhere
  • Solidarity, capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing 
  • Independence and courage to speak truth to power

Our guiding principles

GH5050’s mission and work are rights-based and grounded in our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the associated Treaties and Covenants as well as the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • We strive for diverse representation on our Advisory Council and balance in terms of expertise, age, gender and geography.
  • We strive to ensure opportunities for our collective members to give their best and grow professionally, to ensure that they do not face discrimination in their engagement with the collective and, subject to the terms of their contracts, to enjoy freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, to flexible working arrangements, a dignified workplace free of abuse of power and with zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
  • We will strive to ensure gender equity in global health and do so in partnership with others who share our vision.
  • We undertake to be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with, and with each other and seek, through dialogue, to advance gender equality.
  • We will be democratic, politically non-partisan and non-sectarian in our work.
  • The positions we take will be based on sound, objective and professional analysis and rigorous research.
  • We will only accept funding that does not compromise our ability to address issues freely, thoroughly, independently and objectively.
  • We will provide accurate and timely reports of our activities to our stakeholders.

Our workplace policies

As an employer, Global Health 50/50 has developed a set of policies to ensure the wellbeing, safety and development of our staff. As part of commitment to equality and diversity we implement a number of workplace policies in our organisation to support the careers of all staff. Below is a selection of our policies that we believe are particularly key to addressing diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. Making these publicly available ensures transparency and accountability and we encourage all organisations to do the same.

If you would like support in developing policies for your organisation please visit our policy repository and our how-to guides for additional resources.

Reporting misconduct

We strive to do our work with honesty and integrity and expect the same of all of our Collective members. However, if you experience or suspect misconduct we encourage you to communicate your concerns. All communication received will be taken seriously, and investigated if need be. We encourage a culture of openness and accountability in all our interactions with employees, contractors, service providers, partners and the public.

Misconduct can be reported through Protect, an independent whistleblowing charity. You can reach them at:

Last updated 3 July 2023.