The 140th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (Kyoto)

Presentation information

Symposium

[OS01] An international comparison of gender equality: Current situation in Japan

Fri. Mar 27, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM [Room W] Annex Hall 2 (1F)

Organizers: Hiromitsu Takayama (Chiba Univ), Michiho Ito (Kyoto Univ Grad Sch Pharm Sci)

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

[OS01-3] Tackling the equity issue: Global challenges for women in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences

○Dominique Jordan1 (1. FIP)

Achieving gender equity in the health workforce is a global priority as set by the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Labour Organization. FIP is a leading partner in this call for action. FIP's Workforce Development Goal 10 (Gender and diversity balances) calls for countries to have clear strategies for addressing gender and diversity inequalities in pharmaceutical workforce development, continued education and training, and career progression opportunities.

EquityRx is FIP's leading campaign for championing women in global pharmacy and health, through the empowerment of women both within and beyond the workforce. The evidence is clear: investing in women, whether through the female workforce (across all settings and stages) or through women caregivers in the community, enhances access to quality health care and is an essential step towards achieving universal health coverage.

As the overarching label and unifying theme for FIP's initiatives and work on gender and diversity, EquityRx is not only about spearheading transformative gender workforce-centred policies, but also about addressing diversity issues in general. Our work currently focuses on three goals:

o Promoting equity in the pharmacy workforce
o Championing women in science and academia
o Empowering women as informal caregivers

FIP workforce data shows that the majority of the global pharmaceutical workforce are women with year on year increases in this proportion. Despite this, women are underrepresented in management and leadership positions, in a diversity of settings with a diversity of scope of practice — a reflection of gender issues across the whole of the global health and social workforce. The increasing proportion of women in the workplace provides wide-ranging and significant challenges for our healthcare professions.

This presentation provides a scoping overview of the state of gender equity in the pharmaceutical workforce, addressing and discussing barriers and opportunities for empowering women in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. WHO and FIP initiatives on gender equality will be outlined and the work of the FIP #EquityRx campaign shared.