The world health organization in a recent study showed that 70% of health workers are women. The 234 million health and social workers are some of the highest population in employment and revenue generators all around the globe. These figures are predicted to improve by the year 2030.
Despite these figures, the universal shortage of healthcare workers is a real threat to daily healthcare provision on an individual level and continentally, sustainable development goals. Subsahara Africa, where Kenya sits, has made strides against this chronic crisis. The price tag of improved healthcare is directly related to investment in human resource.
Nurses are the largest group of professional healthcare providers. Nursing is a profession consisting of high female representation in the health workforce. Despite this, they have lower earning power than their male counterparts. As this subject is continually being addressed, there are exemplary nurses who through ”out of the box” activities have added value to their professional credentials. This is one of many ways of raising the profile of women in Nursing.
Gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This mission we are embraking on is grounded on SDG number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Exemplary women in Nursing Series;
In this series, we spotlight the trend of increasing participation of women in Nursing. From students to practitioners, they have curved out their niche from various perspectives, with a backdrop of empowering themselves, energising nursing and being exemplary for generations. Their activities harness the nursing professions´ momentum while taking concrete action to accelerate the participation of women in highly skilled health occupations.
We will be highlighting these phenomenal individuals in a monthly segment titled ¨Exemplary women in Nursing¨.
If you know a nurse who fits this profile, either student or practitioner that has set an exemplary pathway, refer us to them through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, Elevate Nursing.