The visibility and recognition of women as leaders and experts in global health remains a challenge. We too often witness panels of men and gender imbalanced scientific gatherings and other meetings in which the expertise of women is rarely included or acknowledged.
In line with the values of Women in Global Health (WGH), we believe that in order to promote gender equality in global health leadership, we must pay careful attention to ensure that there is diversity and that we acknowledge the roles of women from under-represented countries and regions. This is why we, as a group of French-speaking early career researchers in global health and public health, approached the organisation Women in Global Health in the fall of 2017 with the idea of producing a list of Francophone Women in Global Health (#WGHFrancophone). One year later, we are pleased to release this document as the product of our collective effort.
Bilkis Vissandjee, Professor University of Montreal, Canada was nominated in the list of Francophone Women in Global Health Research. Bilkis is a full professor in the University’s Faculty of Nursing, a researcher at the Institute of Public Health Research at the University of Montreal (IRSPUM), and at the Center for Research and Training of the CSSS de la Mountain. (Migration, Ethnicity, Social and Health Services Team, MÉTISS), of which she is a co-founder. She is also a member of The Tuberculosis Montreal Interdisciplinary Research Team.