About the GES Guidebook
The GES Guidebook is a comprehensive guide to implementing the GES (Gender Equity Standards for WONCA Scientific Meetings). The GES Guidebook is available for free download on this website.
The GES grew out of many WWPWFM (WONCA Working Party Women and Family Medicine) initiatives, and is a unique set of aspirational standards designed to promote gender equity at WONCA scientific meetings. The GES Guidebook outlines the practical steps required to implement the GES.
In June, 2014, at the request of the WWPWFM, the four of us, long-time members of the WWPWFM, met to develop the GES Guidebook. Drafts were circulated to the WWPWFM and WONCA leaders, and feedback informed the next iterations. This version of the GES Guidebook reflects the suggestions and recommendations obtained through this broad consultation and was prepared for the WONCA Rio 2016 conference.
Although the WONCA World Council unanimously endorsed the GES at Cancun in 2010, the WONCA Executive reviewed the GES Guidebook in March 2016 but did not endorse it.
In a world where the status of women and girls impacts global health outcomes, every effort should be made to ensure that participation on committees, plenaries and workshops is equitable and that the needs and views of all participants are respected.
Cheryl Levitt, Barbara Lent, Lucy Candib and Sarah Strasser.
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The GES Guidebook provides information on the 10 standards, their implementation, a timeline, and determining compliance.
What is the difference between the GES and the GES Guidebook?
What is the GES Guidebook, Handbook and Checklist/Scorecard?
Why are there 3 different documents addressing the GES?
What is the Checklist/Scoresheet for?
What are the Gender Equity Standards, Component Factors and CORE Factors?
Which WONCA Conferences are affected by the GES?
Most family physicians in my country are women. Why should I be concerned about implementing the GES?
We already have mostly women on all our conference planning committees. Do we need more men on our committees?
Gender equity is not about having equal numbers of men and women on committees. It’s the process of being fair to men and women. Equity involves remedying or redressing historical injustices that have prevented women from meeting their full potential and diminished access in the first place. Equity involves sometimes giving one group more. Equality in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same thing.
I am Chair of the Host Organizing Committee (HOC). Do I need to be concerned about the GES?
I am Chair of the Host Organizing Committee (HOC) for a conference that is not happening for another two years. What do I need to do now? Later?
How will the WONCA Working Party for Women and Family Medicine (WWPWFM) use this information?
For permission to use any content of the GES Guidebook, please contact Dr. Cheryl Levitt at the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, McMaster Health Campus, 100 Main Street W, 5th floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
Recommended Citation: Levitt C, Lent B, Candib L, Strasser S. Guidebook for Gender Equity Standards (GES) for WONCA Scientific Meetings. 2017.
Guidebook for Gender Equity Standards (GES) for WONCA Scientific Meetings 2017 by Cheryl Levitt, Barbara Lent, Lucy Candib, and Sarah Strasser is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Copyright, Creative Commons Attribution.