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IHC 2023 | Addressing career barriers and harassment in the medical research field

Irene de Boer, MD, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, explores a recent initiative by the International Headache Society’s Women Leadership Forum, which set out to measure career barriers and instances of harassment within the headache research and care community. The results of their global survey revealed gender as a significant barrier in many areas, including professional recognition and salary, with women disproportionately affected. Regionally, experiences varied, indicating that solutions need to be tailored based on geographical context. Moreover, the video emphasizes the pervasive issue of harassment, noting the barriers to reporting and the lack of clear institutional policies. It strongly advocates for transparency, training, and accountability in institutions. Equally, the role of bystanders is spotlighted, emphasizing their potential impact in curbing inappropriate behaviors. This interview took place at the International Headache Congress (IHC) 2023 in Seoul, Korea.

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