#SheShapes: The State of Women and Leadership in Global Health

Women in Global Health


This report examines gendered leadership gap, drawing both on global data and country case studies from India, Nigeria and Kenya.

Today, women hold around 70% of health worker jobs globally, over 80% of nursing and midwifery roles. Women’s work – paid and unpaid – forms the essential foundation for health, well-being and delivery of health systems.

Despite the contribution women make to health systems and supporting the realization of health for all, women hold only 25% of senior leadership roles in the sector. If leadership roles were allocated on merit then, since women are 70% of health workers, 70% of health sector leaders would be women. This is the opposite of the current situation where men hold 75% of leadership roles but are only 30% of health workers.