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3-4 Nov. 2021 ● Virtual ● 14:00 Daily

Breaking Glass Ceilings: Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

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2021 FUTURE OF HEALTH CONFERENCE

Breaking Glass Ceilings: Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

The 2021 Future of Health Conference is the 7th in a series that has consistently remained the leading platform where policymakers, healthcare professionals and development partners meet to critically deliberate on the challenges in the Nigerian health sector, and collectively develop potential solutions that are actionable, sustainable and impactful.

This year, the theme for the Future of Health Conference is Breaking Glass Ceilings. The glass ceiling refers to the invisible barrier preventing women from ascending to leadership roles. This barrier can exist through both subtle and direct discrimination. The glass ceiling continues to symbolise the enduring barriers faced by women in the workplace, in their local communities and in the larger society.

On Day 1, we will focus on Gender Equality for Sustainable Development. On this day, we will discuss how gender equality can be a catalytic policy intervention that triggers positive multiplier effects across the spectrum of development.

Day 1 of the 2021 Future of Health Conference will aim to:

  1. Foster dialogue around the need to make women’s representation in media more inclusive and develop more gender-balanced news stories.
  2. Elevate the conversation on how men can support women’s representation in male dominated leadership spaces.
  3. Amplify the critical importance of women in leadership as a driver of improved gender equality.

On Day 2, we will focus on Gender Equality for Quality Women’s Health. On this day, we will discuss how gender equality promoted to catalyse better access to quality women’s health care for girls and women.

Day 2 of the 2021 Future of Health Conference will aim to:

  1. Foster dialogue around the need to increase women’s access to healthcare and ability to make decisions about their healthcare needs.
  2. Amplify the critical importance of women that work in healthcare, at the frontlines and in leadership positions. This is because poor gender representation in the medical profession may limit female patient’s access to healthcare services.
  3. Advocate for equal representation of women at the policy making level to support in prioritisation of health issues that affect women.
  4. Elevate the need for increased focus on maternal mental health and the need to incorporate it into the maternal health care value chain.
  5. Review global, regional and national commitments that have been made to foster better women’s health in areas of sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and mental health for women.

This year, we invite you to join us as we discuss ways in which gender equality can be promoted to achieve sustainable growth and development in Nigeria.