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40th Anniversary Symposium: Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls


EVENT DATE: October 1, 2011
LOCATION: Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, Boston Massachusetts
MORE INFO: ourbodiesourselves.org/about/media40.asp
CONTACT: Anne Sweeney / anne@bwhbc.org / 617-245-0200 (ext. 10)

The following members of the Our Bodies Ourselves Global Network will attend and participate in the symposium. They will be available for in-person interviews in the Boston area Friday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 5. Learn more about each of their organization's work on women's health here.

Codou Bop / Groupe de Recherche sur les Femmes ET les Lois au Senegal
Codou is a Senegalese activist for women's human rights and democracy. Based in Dakar, she is the coordinator for the Groupe de Recherche sur les Femmes ET les Lois au Senegal (Research Group on Women and Laws in Senegal, or GREFELS) and a member of the African Feminist Forum. She has published extensively on women's reproductive health, sexuality, and access to land, as well as on homophobia, gender-based violence, migration and citizenship.

Shamita Das Dasgupta / Manavi
Shamita is co-founder of Manavi, a New Jersey-based organization that focuses on violence against South Asian immigrant women and girls. She teaches at New York University Law School and is the author of four books: "Mothers for Sale" (2009); "Body Evidence" (2007); "A Patchwork Shawl" (1998); and "The Demon Slayers and Other Stories" (1995).

Raghda Elnabilsy / Women and Their Bodies
Raghda is a trained sex educator, lecturer and workshop facilitator. She manages projects implemented by Women and Their Bodies in Arab-Palestinian communities across Israel and is the editor of the Arabic adaptation of "Our Bodies, Ourselves." She has a master's degree in social work from Tel Aviv University and is currently working on her doctorate at the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Asia Kapande / Tanzania Home Economics Association
Asia joins us from Tanzania. She brings more than 40 years of leadership in food and environmental security, poverty reduction, health and gender equality. A professional home economist, she continues to make a difference through her work with the Tanzania Home Economics Association, the Nile Basin Discourse, the Tanzania Nile Discourse Forum, and several primary and secondary school committees.

Gamze Karadag / Mavi Kalem
A native of Çanakkale in Turkey, Gamze joined Mavi Kalem as an intern in 2004 and became involved in the Turkish "Our Bodies, Ourselves" adaptation project in 2005. As the organization's general coordinator, she continues to organize its volunteer and field teams, conduct health trainings for women in local communities, factories, and shelters, and contribute to its monthly women's health magazine, Zuhre.

Meri Khachikyan / "For Family and Health" Pan-Armenian Association
Meri is founder and director of "For Family and Health" Pan-Armenian Association, which published an Armenian adaptation of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" in 2010. She has also served as senior researcher/chief of policlinic at the Armenian Research Center on Maternal and Child Health and coordinator of the Global Comprehensive Abortion Care Initiative at the IPPF European Network in Brussels.

Miho Ogino
Miho is professor of gender history and queer studies at Doshisha University Graduate School in Kyoto, Japan. She is a published author, most recently of "The Road to Family Planning: Reproductive Politics in Modern Japan" (2008). She was the chief translator/editor of the Japanese adaptation of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" (1988) and is currently writing about the women's health movement in Japan and the United States.

Stanislava Otasevic / Women's Health Promotion Center
Born in Belgrade, Stanislava has been a health and human rights activist for almost two decades. She co-founded the Women's Health Promotion Center, co-authored a Serbian adaptation of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," authored the only manual for health workers in the country, and led a WHO multi-country study on violence. She also serves as an educator and lecturer. 

Renu Rajbhandari / Women's Rehabilitation Centre   
Renu, a prominent women's rights activist from Nepal, founded the Women's Rehabilitation Centre in 1991. She has since led the organization's work on trafficking and HIV/AIDS and is the recipient of an Ashoka Fellowship. She has also served as vice-chair to the NGO Federation of Nepal and as National Rapporteur on Trafficking of Women and Children to the National Human Rights Commission.

Nirvana Gonzalez Rosa 
Born in Puerto Rico, Nirvana is co-founder of Taller Salud, the first feminist organization in the Caribbean, and coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network, which is based in Chile. She is also a member of the UNFPA International Advisory Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and serves on the board of Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights.

Irina Todorova / Women's Health Initiative in Bulgaria
Irina is a health psychologist and professor at the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities at Northeastern University. She is also past president of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and EHPS representative to the United Nations. She co-founded the Women's Health Initiative in Bulgaria, which published a Bulgarian adaptation of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" in 2001.

Dana Weinberg / Women and Their Bodies
Dana, the founder and director of Women and Their Bodies, is an Israel Venture Network Social Entrepreneur Fellow. She has a master's degree in anthropology from Hebrew University. She has also served as director of the School for Political Leadership for Women at Wizo in Jerusalem and coordinator of the Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies.



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