Published February 28, 2013
UB will celebrate the first UB Global Health Month with a seminar series focused around the topic “Women’s Health is Global Health.”
All events in the series, sponsored by the Office of Global Health Initiatives, School of Public Health and Health Professions, are free of charge and open to the public.
This widely celebrated documentary is based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It considers the plight of women and girls across the globe who are threatened by trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, maternal mortality and gender-based violence, as well as discrimination in business, education, health care and economic empowerment.
“Half the Sky,” filmed in 10 countries, is not just about victimization, however. It follows activists Kristof, WuDunn, America Ferrara, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey that introduces inspiring, courageous individuals who, faced with oppression from many quarters, have crafted meaningful solutions to their problems.
The Catalyst Foundation works to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children in Vietnam by establishing scholarships and providing medical aid, school support programs and other humanitarian projects. Young Vietnamese girls living in extreme poverty often are in danger of being abducted or sold to traffickers, so Ticarro-Parker and her team work with local officials and community leaders to provoke changes that will break the cycle of poverty and, by doing so, reduce human trafficking.
Sommer has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings.
Her expertise lies in conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. Sommer’s doctoral research explored girls' experiences of menstruation, puberty and schooling in Tanzania. Her current research focuses on the intersections of gender, health and education for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Updated information on the seminar series can be found on the Office of Global Health Initiatives’ website.
For more information, contact program coordinator Jessica Scates at email@example.com.
In addition to the Office of Global Health Initiatives, sponsors of these events include the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, Undergraduate Academies, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as private donors.