Strengthening the Health Worker Pipeline through Gender-Transformative Strategies

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CapacityPlus announces a new technical brief, Strengthening the Health Worker Pipeline through Gender-Transformative Strategies, which describes how certain forms of gender discrimination affect health professional students and faculty, and presents ways to counter the problem. A longer report contains the results of a systematic and expert review undertaken to identify these interventions.

To build a strong health workforce, many countries are working to improve the quality of preservice education by updating curricula and strengthening school management. But an area that gets less attention is how the barriers presented by gender discrimination, such as caregiver discrimination by gender or sexual harassment, can affect student and faculty experiences. Authors Constance Newman, Crystal Ng, and Sara Pacqué-Margolis recommend specific gender-transformative interventions that preservice education stakeholders can implement at institutional and governmental levels.

Gender-transformative interventions actively strive to examine, question, and change rigid gender norms and imbalances of power as a means of reaching health objectives as well as gender-equity objectives. The authors explain how “basic bundles” of interventions have the greatest potential to catalyze change. For example, a basic bundle of interventions to counter pregnancy and family responsibilities discrimination includes maternity and parental leave, lactation breaks and spaces, child care, and schedule flexibility.

The brief and report are for leaders at preservice education institutions and other health workforce stakeholders and decision-makers.

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