A bi-coastal event on Women's Health & Empowerment

January 30: SID-Washington & the Seattle SID Chapter are partnering to produce a bi-coastal simulcast discussion about the value of integrating global health approaches with women’s economic empowerment.

The Intersection of Global Health and Women's Economic Empowerment

Background: According to the World Bank’s World Development Report 2012, which focuses on gender equality, the world’s 3.5 billion woman and girls still face an uneven playing field in education, employment, earnings, and decision-making power. The report shows that gender inequality comes with a cost, while equality for women can create economic opportunities and boost efficiency and productivity. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education, and markets that men do, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million. For these reasons SID-International has focused on Women and Economic Justice to look at how women’s economic empowerment links to other development areas.

The bi-coastal event is an innovative organizational approach leading to network-based activities which opens new avenues for greater horizontal collaboration across the SID Chapters. Each Chapter will feature two speakers who will share recent breakthroughs at the intersection of health and women’s economic empowerment. The discussion will include conversation from both cities so that Chapter members in each location will be able to participate with both sets of speakers and each other via video feed.

Guest speakers:
Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, Population Services International, Washington, DC
Jane Hutchings, Global Program Leader, PATH, Seattle, WA
Lara Puglielli, VP Health Services Fund, Global Partnerships, Seattle, WA
Barabara Seligman, Principal Development Specialist, Health, Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), Washington, DC

Location: SID-Washington, 1101 15th Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013; 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Contact: Courtney Bjorgaard
Phone: 202-331-1317
Email:  events@sidw.org
Website: www.sidw.org

Location: c/o Sightlife, 221 Yale Ave, Suite 45o, Seattle, WA
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013; 12:30 - 14:30 pm
Thessalonika Benny: email
Monika Aring: email
Sumi Bhat-Kincaid: email
Website: seattlesid.blogspot.com

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