Joanne Liu, International President of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). She is also a pediatrician and professor at McGill and the University of Montreal.
"I believe in gender balance, but I’ve never been that self-aware about my gender, because for me, when I was young anyway, the fact that I was a visible minority was a bigger issue than my gender. It’s true that you become a bit more self-aware about gender [as time progresses]. When I go to high-level meetings, I look around, and often I am with only one or two other women. You become aware of this, of course. But when I speak on behalf of MSF and patients, I just want people to pay attention to what I’m saying. I don’t think being a woman prevents me from being heard."
"What I know though is that when you offer access to healthcare — meaning it’s free of charge or it’s accessible, affordable and sustainable — women use it. I think that [innately] mothers want to give the best to their children, and they know that if they come to places where they can have an attended delivery by a skilled person, they’re putting the odds on their side.”
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