Women in leadership

As the healthcare industry faces increasing challenges and opportunities, we support women leaders in healthcare to achieve their highest potential.

Supporting women leaders in healthcare

Despite representing 70% of the 43 million healthcare employees worldwide, women are still under-represented in senior leadership roles across the global health sector. The Forum is an international community of women leaders aiming to raise global recognition of their skills and talents, as well as their impact across the healthcare sector.

Through special events, including activities in support of International Women’s Day and an exclusive networking session at the IHF Hospital World Congress, the Forum brings female leaders in the healthcare sector together.


What gender equity means for healthcare: Podcast

In this episode of the IHF's podcast, talking healthcare, Lucy Clements, Health Integration Policy Lead from NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System, UK, sat down with Dr Sawsan Abdelrazig and Dr Pascale Anglade from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to discuss health inequities in healthcare leadership.

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International Women’s Day 2023 perspectives from the IHF community

For International Women's Day 2023, we asked leaders in our community to tell us what gender equity in healthcare leadership means to them and what progress they’d like to see materialize in the future. Here are some of the messages they shared with us.

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Turning challenges into leadership opportunities

On 1 September 2022, the Forum hosted a free online event for female healthcare leaders and managers, in collaboration with Alumni Global. By sharing personal success stories, participating female executives explored how we can build an equitable and inclusive workplace.

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About our programme partner


Having collaborated on successful workshops in 2022 (both virtual and in-person at the 45th World Hospital Congress), Alumni became the sponsor for all activities of the IHF's Women in Leadership Forum in 2023.


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Getting started: Green spaces in healthcare

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