Women in Global Health Georgia, a new chapter of the international organization Women in Global Health, launched in January with a virtual event moderated by the Founder of Women in Global Health, Dr. Roopa Dhatt, in conversation with Principal Deputy Director of the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat.
In their conversation, Roopa and Anne discussed the particular strengths of women leaders, and the necessity of inclusion. “It’s important for women to be at the table” said Anne, “decisions are made at every level, and women need to be there when decisions are made.”
Anne went on to explain that the strength of our decision making is linked to our inclusivity: “You want better decisions, and diversity of lived experience helps you get there.”
The conversation also explored the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has had on the global health field. “These are problems too big to work on alone… we need global collaboration to make positive change,” said Anne. With the challenges of the current environment, global health leaders must have an enthusiasm for problem solving. Roopa put it this way: “In crisis there’s opportunity as well.”
This launch event was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube. Women in Global Health Georgia will host another event in March to explore the heightened challenge of gender based voice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interested in becoming a member of Women in Global Health Georgia? Join the chapter here: https://www.gghalliance.org/womenglobalhealthga