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Ad-Hoc Gender Balance Committee

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. This is part of goal #5 of the United Nations “Sustainable Development” programme, which announces 17 goals to transform our world, and includes Gender Equality and women's empowerment.

Most fundamentally is the obvious lack of women representation in decision and governance bodies worldwide, including the WFSA (gender ratio M:F at the Board 5:1, Council 11:4, which represents the elected ratios, Committees chairs 8:1 and some committees varies more or less 8-14:0-4), despite a significant percentage of female members in National Societies or Regional Societies. We consider that “Gender equality is everyone’s business”. Consequently, it is WFSA business, too. Hence, the WFSA strives for gender and cultural balance in authority positions of any organization of the Anaesthesiology family, including all Committees.

The tasks of the Ad-hoc Gender Balance Committee are:

1.  To bring more awareness of and ensure gender balance within WFSA structure: National Societies, Regional Sections, Council, Committees, WCA, academia, publications, advocacy, programmes.
2.To run a survey to investigate and to obtain more accurate data of the current status of gender balance in the WFSA, among Board, Councils and Committees members and the societies/departments they represent or work and in anaesthesia trainees they supervised or teach.
3. To disseminate to National Societies and Regional Sections the chapter on Gender Gap in anaesthesiology in the E-book of Professional Wellbeing in Anesthesia.
4. To devise and implement support for women anaesthesiologists to participate in leadership training programmes.
5. To share this with other similar groups in different societies or regions (for instance, US Women in Anesthesiology; ASA and ESA gender issues Ad-hoc committees or groups).
6. To include something to this effect in the constitution: WFSA strives for gender and cultural balance in all Committees and governance positions.
7. To participate in Gender Balance forums, panels, meetings, plenary, etc., and to promote the inclusion, whenever possible, of these type of sessions in our anaesthesia meetings.

 Dr Carolina Haylock Loor   Honduras
Aus, NZ, Pacific    
 Dr Yuuji Fujino  Japan 
 Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe  Nigeria
North America    
 Dr Berend Mets USA
Latin America    
Dr Gonzalo Barreiro  Uruguay 
Middle East    
Dr Patricia Yazbeck  Lebanon
Dr Fauzia Khan   Pakistan
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen  Norway
Dr Daniela Filipescu  Romania
Dr Pierre Albaladejo
Dr  Mio Milenovic Serbia

These members shall serve until the next General Assembly (2020). Thereafter, and further to a decision of the Board and ratification of the Council, the Committee will either continue as an Ad-hoc Committee, become a permanent Committee or be dissolved.