Prof Rhoda Wanyenze

Prof Rhoda Wanyenze, WGH Uganda

Prof Rhoda Wanyenze

WGH Uganda

All Sessions by Prof Rhoda Wanyenze

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Kilimanjaro Hall

Mentorship Breakfast

The Mentoring Breakfast reflects WomenLift’s commitment to envisioning a world where diverse, accomplished leaders collectively transform global health outcomes. This breakfast gathering has consistently been one of the most popular sessions of our previous conferences. It is a unique opportunity for early- and mid-career leaders to connect with each other and to gain from the vast experience of senior health leaders such as our keynote speakers, Prof Rhoda Wanyenze and Dr. Samukeliso Dube. The session will begin with the keynote speakers sharing their stories, including key inflection points in their journey, big risks they took, and when they experienced ‘aha’ moments. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience of mentees and table mentors moderated by our Southern Africa Director, Akhona Tshangela.

WomenLift Health Alumnae will have the role of Table Mentors. Each table has been assigned a theme that corresponds to the table mentor’s expertise. This is a unique opportunity for WomenLift Alumnae to pay forward what they have gained from their careers and the Leadership Journey. Like the keynote mentors, they will briefly share their stories, but most of the time at the table will be for mentees to ask them questions. We’ll also have some suggested discussion prompts ready at the table. We have chosen a diverse set of table mentors representing various health domains and expertise. We hope every mentee can find a theme and a mentor to connect with. Check out the profiles of our keynote speakers and table mentors. Build a new relationship. Find a new mentor. RSVP while we still have space!

WomenLift Alumnae Table Mentors


Name and Title

Table Theme

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Adanna Chukwuma

Senior Director, Global Impact Measurement


Private Sector and Multilaterals

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Amina Muhtar

Senior Program Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Philanthropy and Private Sector

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Aling’ Achieng’

Senior Program Manager, Global SRH

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, Implementation, and Measurement

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Evelyne Opondo

Africa Regional Director

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)- Africa Region

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Jackline Aridi

Faculty /Director

Strathmore University


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Jacqueline Kitulu

General Practitioner & Board Director with HHI B.V, E-Plus Kenya, and PATH (K)

Physicians in Africa

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Ines Buki

Country Director

Chemonics International

Health Systems

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Kashmira Date

Medical and Scientific Affairs Lead, Global Health Equity, Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine Development and Private Sector

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Maimunat Alex-Adeomi

Director of Global Training and Implementation

American Academy of Pediatrics

Maternal Newborn and Child Health


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Milly Kaggwa

Senior Technical Advisor and Acting Head of Quality of Care, Population Services International (PSI)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Nelly Munyasia

Executive Director

Reproductive Health Network Kenya

Reproductive Health Systems and Policy

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Schola Matovu

Assistant Professor

University of Utah College of Nursing

Director of Global and International Health (Interim)


Inclusion in Global Health: Global Nursing

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Shubha Nagesh

Chapter Development Consultant Asia-Pacific & Middle-East

Women in Global Health

Inclusion in Global Health: Disability Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Sia Nowrojee

Senior Director, Girls & Women Strategy

United Nations Foundation

Gender Equality

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Christine Ngaruiya

Population and Global Health Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

Stanford School of Medicine

Clinician Scientists and NCD Research


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Joyce Wanderi

Chief Program Officer

Girl Effect

Social Behavior Change

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mt. Meru

Women in Global Health: Defying Backlash and Cultivating Leadership for Gender-Responsive Health Systems

Led by: Women in Global Health.

Women in Global Health (WGH) was the first organization to campaign for gender equality in health leadership. Since launching its movement in 2015, its global advocacy is supported today by 57 country chapters across 51 countries. Collectively they have garnered considerable political awareness and momentum towards advancing gender equity in women’s leadership through gender transformative leadership.

UHC is expected to be a game changer for women’s health rights but the progress in many countries is threatened by a growing global backlash against the rights of women and girls and against wider gender equality Gender-responsive health policies and plans can address the gendered health inequities ensuring that they are tailored to the needs of a diverse population. However, this is possible only if there is an inclusive engagement and effective participation of women in policy and decision-making processes in the health sector as it allows for harnessing the diverse perspectives, expertise and lived experiences. Women’s work – paid and unpaid – forms the essential foundation for health, well-being, and delivery of health systems. Despite constituting 70% of the overall global healthcare workforce, women are vastly underrepresented i.e. only 25% in top leadership positions.

The panel moderated by Dr Shabnum Sarfraz, Deputy Executive Director WGH will bring together a dynamic group of women leaders from Nigeria, Kenya, India, Zimbabwe and US Country Chapters. They will together examine gendered health inequalities; explore the impact of escalating anti-rights backlash against women’s rights; navigate the role of women health workers amidst the evolving health landscape; outline why women’s leadership is critical to establishing gender-responsive health systems and towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC); identify the barriers and enablers to women’s advancement in the health sector and highlight the policy initiatives needed to promote gender equity in health leadership.

Moderator: Dr. Shabnum Sarfraz, Global Director, Gender and Health/ Deputy Executive Director, Women in Global Health

1. Ms. Lanice Williams, Independent Consultant, Chair, Women in Global Health Washington, DC Chapter
2. Dr. Choolwe Jacobs WGH Zambia
3. Sapna Kedia, WGH India
4. Ruth Ngechu, WGH Kenya
5. Prof Rhoda Wanyenze, WGH Uganda