Chicago hosts a special event in honor of International Women's Day on Friday, March 8,. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host a half-day symposium to examine the complex economic, political, geographic, and cultural factors involved in addressing global women’s health. It's a key convener for many thought leaders, advocates, and top policymakers around the city and world who are working to improve the welfare of women.
Women’s health issues are interdisciplinary in nature and significantly impact the lives and productivity of women, their families, and communities around the world. The range of topics to be discussed:
- Maternal mortality and health,
- Family planning,
- Infectious diseases,
- Indoor air pollution,
- Food security, and
- Health equity.
The symposium will highlight the breadth of disciplines that are indispensable in addressing global women’s health issues. It will represent the variety of talent in Chicago and around the world working diligently on these matters.
Friday, March 8, 2013
7:30 a.m. Registration
Breakfast and two breakout sessions
Adjourn at 1:00 p.m.
Members $50, Nonmembers $75
The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Keynote address by Stephen Lewis, codirector, AIDS-Free World; former permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations; and former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. 11 other speakers.
A hub for health care and research, Chicago contains nationally ranked hospitals, including Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Rush Medical Center; major pharmaceutical companies such as Abbott Laboratories and Baxter; and health-focused nonprofits. The reach of these organizations extends far beyond the borders of Chicago and the United States, particularly in relation to global women’s health.
Based in Chicago, Sandy Dechert has been covering women's health for Examiner.com since the webzine's official startup. She has followed the creation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and its progress. Sandy also reported on the 2012-2013 influenza epidemic, top women's health news of 2012, the fungal meningitis outbreaks, and other health news.
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