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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.

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.

Day One: 3 Panel Sessions

Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

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.

Our line up of speakers for Day-1 Panels are:

Panel 1: Women in Media

Chris Ubosi
Founder/Managing Director
Megalectrics

Biola Alabi
Chief Executive Officer
Biola Alabi Media

Chamberlain Usoh
Producer, News Anchor
Channels Television

Vivianne Ihekweazu
Managing Director
Nigeria Health Watch
Moderator

Panel 2: #HeForShe

Prof. Babatunde Irukera
Exec Vice-Chairman/CEO, Fed Comp & Consumer Prot Comm

Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Honourable Commissioner for Health
Kaduna State

Kola Aina
General Partner
Ventures Platform

Dr. Ike Anya
Co-Founder
Nigeria Health Watch
Moderator

Panel 3: Women in Leadership

Moky Makura
Executive Director
Africa No Filter 

Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong
Founder/CEO
54gene

Lanre Adisa
MD/Chief Creative Officer
Noah’s Ark Communications

Dr. Adaeze Oreh
Country Head of Planning, Research and Statistics, National Blood Transfusion Service Commission
Moderator

Day Two: 3 Panel Sessions

Gender Equality for Quality Women’s Health

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.

Our line up of speakers for Day-2 Panels are:

Panel 1: Elevating the Importance of Gender Equality

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet
Lead & Executive Director
MSD for Mothers

Prof. Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor
University of Global Health Equity

Dr. Ebere Okereke
Senior Technical Adviser
Tony Blair Institute

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor
Senior New Voices Fellow
Aspen Institute
Moderator

Panel 2: Men as Change Agents for the Advancement of Quality Women’s Health

Dr. Emmanuel Agogo
Country Representative
Resolve To Save Lives

Sarkin Yakin Gagi Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi
District Head of Gagi
Sokoto State

Arush Lal
Vice Chair
Women in Global Health

Dr. Adepeju Adediran
Health Sys Strengthening Consultant, PHC Board, Lagos State MOH Grant Management Office
Moderator

Panel 3: The Girl Child Dividend - The Role of The Healthy Productive Adolescent Girl in Generating Nigeria's Demographic Dividend

Dr. Mairo Mandara
Special Adviser to Governor of Borno State
Founder, Girl Child Concerns

Margaret Edison
Director, Population Management and Development, National Population Commission

Tekabe Belay
Program Leader, Human Development
World Bank

Fabia Ogunmekan
Executive Director
Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR)

Dr. Olumide Okunola
Senior Health Specialist
World Bank Nigeria
Moderator