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Women's Research Initiative

The Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell

The Women in Global Health Research Initiative was started in 2014 at the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College to address the gender gap in global health leadership. Women’s health is a top global research priority, yet women hold less than 25% of leadership roles in global health research. The initiative’s founders, Dr. Jennifer Downs, Associate Professor in Medicine, Dr. Jyoti Mathad, Assistant Professor in Medicine, and Dr. Lindsey Reif, Instructor of Clinical Epidemiology, identified four key gender-based challenges faced by women working in global health research: 

1. Health and safety

2. Mentorship, research training, and leadership development 

3. Balancing career and personal life 

4. Discrimination and harassment 

The Women in Global Health Research Initiative seeks to empower and support women working in the field of global health research by implementing interventions to address these four key challenges. In addition to hosting annual Women in Global Health Research Scientific Conferences in the US or at our international partner sites, the initiative also provides a variety of resources and mentoring opportunities to strengthen the community of women in global health research. 

Read more about the Initiative's research on female leadership:

PDF icon Novel, low-cost intevrention to promote women's advancement in global health research - Academic Medicine, 2021
Female global health leadership: data-driven approaches to close the gender gap - Lancet, 2019
The ripple effect: why promoting female leadership in global health matters - Public Health Action, 2016
Increasing Women in Leadership in Global Health - Academic Medicine, 2014

Visit our website for more info on the Initiative's events, resources, and more. 

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