Published: 03/15/2021

For the 2021 International Women’s Day, we invite you to learn about the efforts being made to advance equitable leadership in global health and celebrate one organization that is challenging the status quo. 

WomenLift Health – based at Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health – is dedicated to changing health leadership around the world to ensure a future with more diverse and talented women at decision-making tables. Despite the pandemic, we have charged ahead during our inaugural year, providing coaching, mentorship and peer support for 23 impassioned women in global health, building community and sharing insights via our speaker series, and convening our 4th annual Women Leaders in Global Health conference with more than 2,300 people from 50 countries. This year we are going even bigger. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WomenLift Health has set ambitious targets: to reach tens of thousands of women and male allies over the course of a decade through a portfolio of interventions that drive change at the individual, institutional and societal levels.

More women in leadership positions will positively impact health outcomes for all — watch a recording of our event for International Women’s Day to discuss how we can make this ambition a reality. We hear from WomenLift Health’s Founder Dr. Michele Barry and Executive Director Amie Batson, learn from the experiences of health leaders in the WomenLift Health program, and discuss a path forward.