Women in Health Lecture 2021: Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija
Our prestigious annual Women in Health lecture highlights the work of leading women in health, research and policy worldwide. The lecture is held in March to coincide with International Women’s Day and is given by women who have made a significant contribution to global health research and policy during their careers.
Women at the forefront of global leadership in an era of COVID
Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija will be delivering this year’s lecture where she will discuss why gender equity is the answer in her talk entitled “women at the forefront of global leadership in an era of COVID”. The session will be followed by an informal discussion and Q&A about her career and journey to becoming the Co-Chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for Covid (AVDA).
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, gender equity and the role of women in global health leadership was a very topical issue. COVID-19 has brought this issue to the fore, and women across the world have shown exemplary leadership across political and scientific levels and on the front lines. Issues around women's leadership remain, but this era has shown that when faced with a once in a generation event, gender equity is the answer - and it is critical for all hands to be on deck for humanity to truly thrive. The challenge before us all is to ensure that the lessons learned from this pandemic will be applied to advance women’s leadership and create positive health outcomes for women and girls worldwide.
Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija is the founder of the Nexus Hub, an innovation centre, research, social development and emergency response unit for the West Africa/Sahel region headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a published researcher and in collaboration with the World Health Organization and UNICEF has led multi-country behavioural health surveys across several nations in the Pacific Region.
Dr Alakija is currently Co-Chair of the Africa Union Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance for COVID-19 (AVDA), serves on the Global advisory board of WomenLift health and is Chief Strategist CONVINCE Africa.
She is also the former Chief Humanitarian Coordinator for the government of Nigeria and led the joint national and international humanitarian response in the Lake Chad region between 2016-2019.
Other events taking place around this year's International Women’s Day include:
- 10 Mar: International Women's Day panel #ChooseToChallenge (open to internal staff and students only)
- 11 Mar: Fostering a sense of belonging for higher education staff and students with caring responsibilities: A research- and art-based collaboration
- 11 Mar: LSHTM & Global Health Film series: Seeds of Hope
- 12 Mar: White Privilege Discussion Group: Discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interview on "identity, feminism and honest conversations" (open to internal staff and students only)