‘We can all thrive:’ FIP advancing women

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FIP has launched a toolkit to improve practice environments for women in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy education

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) said that the toolkit was developed by the FIPWiSE (FIP Women in Science and Education) Enabling Workplaces Working Group and builds on the federation’s collaborative work with the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) to ensure positive practice environments (PPEs) for healthcare professionals. 

Based on the WHPA’s PPE campaign, literature, and experiences of women pharmaceutical scientists and educators, the toolkit raises awareness of areas that require attention, says FIP.

These have been categorised into five key domains:
•    Equal incentives for equal work;
•    Work-life balance;
•    Creating supportive and safe working environments; 
•    Opportunities for professional development, recognition and empowerment; and
•    Women in leadership.

The toolkit presents possible solutions that can be implemented by professionals, employers and policymakers to generate and maintain supportive working environments, accompanied by case studies, says FIP.

It contains materials that can be used to raise awareness on PPEs for women in science and education and includes interviews on PPEs with Dr Roopa Dhatt, executive director, Women in Global Health, and Mr Howard Catton, 2021 chair, WHPA, and CEO of the International Council of Nurses.

Although women comprise the majority of the health and care workforce, they are underrepresented in the science, technology and education workforce, FIP says.

In addition, when it comes to career progression, there are significant differences between genders in these fields.

For example, there is evidence that women have fewer papers published, the toolkit notes.

“We see women making an extraordinary contribution to global health, but not yet being rewarded equally with men in pay, leadership or career progression,” said FIP CEO Dr Catherine Duggan.

“By creating and maintaining positive practice environments we can help women to achieve their full potential in all sectors, including in education and science.

“The FIPWiSE toolkit focuses on education and science workplaces, but learnings can be expanded across the entire pharmaceutical workforce.

“When an environment is supportive, enabling and collaborative, we can all thrive.”

View the FIPWiSE toolkit for positive practice environments for women in science and education here.

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