International Women's Day 2021

For this year's International Women's Day VaccinesWork has interviewed a number of women leaders and front line workers who represent this year's IWD theme: #ChooseToChallenge

  • 8 March 2021
  • 2 min read
  • by Gavi Staff


Follow along: #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

Anuradha Gupta on ‘choose to challenge’

International Women’s Day: Anuradha Gupta on ‘choose to challenge’

Anuradha Gupta, Gavi’s Deputy CEO, explains what ‘choose to challenge’ – this year’s IWD theme – means to her.

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International Women’s Day: Caring for Everyone: an ASHA worker’s COVID-19 story

Rathnamma P, an 'ASHA' in Bengaluru, India, explains how the country's army of one million female community health workers has helped carry the country through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gavi/2014/Duncan Graham Rowe

Gavi’s commitment to gender equality wins praise

Global Health 50/50 Index places Gavi among the top 5% of organisations that are active in global health.

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International Women’s Day: Heidi Larson on the fight against vaccine hesitancy

Professor Heidi Larson, Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, explains how gender can affect vaccine hesitancy.

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Heidi Larson
Quarraisha Abdool Karim

International Women’s Day: Quarraisha Abdool Karim on the fight against HIV

Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, epidemiologist and associate scientific director for CAPRISA – the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, explains how gender plays a role in the response to both HIV and COVID-19.

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International Women’s Day: “Women come to me and I guide them”

Nighat Rani, a vaccinator in Pakistan, shows how her work rests on a bedrock of female empathy and understanding.

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Nighat Rani
Chizoba Wonodi

International Women’s Day: Chizoba Wonodi on the importance of a good mentor

Professor Chizoba Wonodi, Founder of Women Advocates for Vaccine Access in Nigeria and Country Director at the International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC), explains how she overcame gender barriers in her own career.

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International Women’s Day: In pictures – a female vaccinator in Afghanistan

Follow Razia, a female vaccinator in Afghanistan, as she does her daily rounds.

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Razia, a female vaccinator in Afghanistan

The women who made modern vaccines work

You’ve probably heard of vaccine pioneers like Jenner and Salk. But what about the women who also helped lay the foundations for modern immunisation? Meet five remarkable women who pushed forward the frontiers of science.

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