Gavi Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta explains how the Vaccine Alliance is working to reduce the gendered barriers that can prevent both boys and girls accessing immunisation services.
Geneva, 26 November 2018 - Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has become the first global health organisation to be certified as an equal salary employer by the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation, a Swiss non-profit organisation focusing on equal pay for women and men.
“I am extremely proud that Gavi is leading the way as an equal salary employer,” said Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. “We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the Gavi Secretariat is an inclusive and equitable environment, in which every employee feels valued. And we won’t stop there – we are also committed to reducing gender barriers in the countries we support to ensure a person’s health is not dictated by their gender and that mothers, the primary care givers, are empowered to access quality services for their children.”
Gavi has implemented a proactive gender policy to ensure equal access to immunisation for boys and girls in the countries it supports. Gavi also provides funding for health systems to help countries address barriers to immunisation, including those related to gender.
We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the Gavi Secretariat is an inclusive and equitable environment, in which every employee feels valued.
Anuradha Gupta, Gavi Deputy CEO
As part of this effort, Gavi-supported countries are encouraged to analyse and understand how vaccine coverage varies by sex, income and geographic location to help identify reasons for low immunisation coverage in certain groups. Efforts to better understand gender-related barriers and activities are crucial to finding solutions to these obstacles, which may prevent both boys and girls from being immunised.
“As the largest provider of life-saving vaccines to children in the developing world, the Alliance believes that access to vaccines and better health should be an equal right for all,” said Anuradha Gupta.
“The equal salary certification is an important achievement and sends a positive message about Gavi’s values,” said Catherine Pawlow, Gavi’s Director of Human Resources. “60% of Gavi staff and half of our senior leaders are women. This reflects part of a wider effort by the organisation to increase the diversity of our workforce at Gavi - we now have people of over 75 nationalities working at the Secretariat.”
Earlier this year, Gavi was also named amongst the highest scorers in a report on gender equality by Global Health 50/50. The report measured 140 global health organisations on indicators such as gender strategy for programmes, the collection of disaggregated data and the gender parity of senior management.
The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is a Swiss non-profit organisation and a member of the UN Global Compact. It has been commended by the European Commission and its methodology was used as a reference by the Swiss Federal Court of High Justice. To date, 43 companies have been certified.
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About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation – over 760 million children – and prevented more than 13 million deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 developing countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here.