WHO Webinar: Create an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World – International Women’s Day, 08 March 2021

March 4, 2021
  • When: Monday, 8 March 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM (Central European Time), 8:00AM – 9:30AM (New York Time)
  • Registration: To register for this webinar, please click here.

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the webinar “Create an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”. Part of WHO’s  #LearningSavesLives webinar series, the event will take place on 8 March 2021, from 8AM to 9:30AM (New York time).


Women make up 70% of the global health and social care workforce, and are often underpaid or unpaid. They constitute less than 25% of leadership in health. A large percentage of women face discrimination or bias, and yet they face the greatest risk during health emergencies. On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021, WHO aims to dive deeper into the inequities faced by women who work in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the barriers they face to access lifesaving knowledge and receive the real-time training they need and want.

Access to knowledge, education and training for health workers and emergency personnel is a direct contributor to access to equity in health. With that in mind, the panel of women and men, practitioners, experts and leaders will explore how we can #ChoseToChallenge these barriers, so that women can shape a more equal future in a COVID-19 world.


Moderator: Dr Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning & Capacity Development, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO Keynote Speaker
  • Dr Mike Ryan: Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Elizabeth Iro: Chief Nursing Officer of WHO
  • Marie Roseline Bélizaire: WHO Health Emergencies Programme | Central African Republic
  • Dr Anjali Borhade: Founder President of Disha Foundation | India
  • Dr Maria D Van Kerkhove, Unit Head, Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Heini Utunen,Technical Officer – Learning and Capacity Development for Health Emergencies, WHO
  • Savior Flomo Mendin, County Manager, Grand Bassa County, Last Mile Health | Liberia
  • Nuruddeen Abubakar Adam, Nursing Officer | Nigeria