- Age: 27
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I aspire for a world where gender is seen as a strength and not a weakness in leadership, where young people are seen as the foundation for developing a sustainable future, and where a commitment to intersectionality in health equity isn’t an afterthought but a core mission.
- Arush Lal
Arush Lal was born and raised in the United States. He received a Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics in 2019. As an International Consultant at the Strategic Fund for Essential Medicines and Public Health Supplies at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Arush is responsible for coordinating technical process improvement and stakeholder engagement, acting as a liaison for procurement, finance, and technical units to monitor, analyze, and improve cross-functional country projects, and supporting COVID-19 pandemic response.
Additionally, Arush is a Women in Global Health board member, London Model WHO board of Trustees member, WHO Youth Hub member, Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, and Global Health Corps and Emerging Voices for Global Health Alumnus.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My field of global health and policy is rife with examples of gender inequality — all-male panels, restricted sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender pay gaps, and disproportionate impacts during outbreaks. These daily reminders are why I continue to fight because we still have a long way to go.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
As the youngest member on the boardof Directors for Women in Global Health, I’ve supported our expansion to 12+ global chapters and 20,000+ supporters, advocated for the Alliance for Gender Equity & UHC to mainstream SRHR language in UHC, and ensured representation through our most diverse board membership to date.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Outside of my advocacy efforts, I love exploring abandoned buildings, electronic music festivals, hiking in different countries, Brutalist architecture, cloudy days, and anything chocolate.
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