Women Leaders in Health and Conflict Initiative

Seminar Series

Opportunity Amid Challenge:  Community-Led, Youth-Powered COVID-19 Research in Sudan, 23 February 2021, 5pm GMT

Israa Zain Alabdeen
Omamah Abbas
Abd Elhameed Ahmed Abd Elhameed
Dr Maysoon Dahab
Rahaf Abu Koura

Targeting of Health Care Workers in Conflict Settings, 24 March 2021, Time TBC
Speakers: Dr Rola Hallam

Our Work

The Women Leaders in  Health and Conflict (WLHC) initiative is a group of aspiring and established experts working within the conflict and health domain in low, middle- and high-income countries. We are working together to build a sustainable platform to address significant challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership in the conflict and health sector. Women are disproportionately affected by armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies. Women are also increasingly at the forefront of improving health for conflict-affected populations through service delivery, education and capacity strengthening, advocacy and research. They have made important contributions to health system development, improving evidence and humanitarian interventions as well as in uncovering human rights abuses, highlighting the detrimental health outcomes of marginalised groups, and bringing vital knowledge and intervention gaps to global attention.

WLCH is a collective effort responding to the growing grass-roots demand from women based in conflict-affected regions around the world to improve health of conflict-affected populations. WLCH adopts a unique position within the broader global movements working towards gender equitable leadership; focusing on a sector that is under researched and under resourced given the complex political, security and research environment the sector is positioned in. Although there are significant barriers preventing more women from taking up leadership roles across the conflict and health sector, there is also a wealth of opportunities. A core objective of this initiative is to develop a diverse network that effectively translates research into practice by working in close collaboration with academic partners, NGOs, humanitarian practitioners and policy makers.

Our objectives and activities include:

  • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative research on women’s leadership in conflict and health
  • Creating a network of researchers and practitioners working towards the advancement of women leaders in conflict affected areas
  • Accelerating a global mentorship programme where senior female and male leaders’ mentor the next generation of women leaders in conflict and health
  • Lecture and conference series hosted at King’s College London and other UK partners, across the MENA region and in other conflict-affected regions
  • Profiles and Insights of Women Leaders in Conflict and Health

Building bridges of trust in Central Asia and COVID-19: experiences from the field, 2 December 2020, 2pm GMT
Speakers: Dr Tasnim Atatrah

The role of women leaders in Syria in the Covid-19 response and beyond, Dr. Aula Abbara, Dr. Ola Fahham and Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, 21 October 2020

Women & Health and their role in Lebanon’s current political crisis and Intifada, Dr Nassim El Achi, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, 4 February 2020

Conducting health research in complex environments: ethical and gender related challenges, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, 10 December 2019

Bridging the divide between political science and public health, Professor Melani Cammett, King’s College London, United Kingdom, 28 October 2019

Inaugural Lecture – A Shared Story, Professor Rita Giacaman, King’s College London, United Kingdom, 15 October 2019