“…When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending…” – Brene Brown, Author from #HealthToo Report, 2022 by WGH
While almost three-fourths of the world’s health workers are women, the health sector is still led disproportionately by men of higher ranks and visibility. This already off-balanced situation is complicated by the exploitative working conditions women face, making the health sector hostile and insecure for the large workforce. Through this latest report- Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment of Women Health Workers, the #HealthToo policy report – Women in Global Health (WGH) spotlight the voices of female health workers all over the world as they speak about sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) faced in the workplace. The report analyzes 235 multilingual stories of SEAH from 40 countries by looking at the patterns, nature, responses to and impact of SEAH. The report addresses systemic gender inequality in the health sector where women are pushed to adopt traditionally less powerful roles and silenced when they try to fight injustices. The lack of data on the issue makes this report all the more relevant for anyone who identifies as an ally in the fight for gender equality. Similar to the #MeToo movement which was a milestone in the feminist discourse, #HealthToo could also have us collectively fight for women health workers, so they are ensured a secure career, dignity and well-being.