Dear Friends and Colleagues,
August was a month for women’s equality — for the continued fight for justice and peace, and equity across all genders and races here in the United States, and around the world!
On August 26, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibits the state and the federal governments from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. However, the sobering reality is that we have not achieved universal equality for women globally [Click here for my latest LinkedIn and RTI GGC blog post].
We hosted and co-sponsored three events this month related to women’s equality and choice in different countries around the world. I look forward to sharing more with you on the great events, as well as new gender-related projects and publications below!
RTI Gender-related August Project Wins
RTI Gender-related August Publications
Safe Abortion Care & Women’s Empowerment in Colombia, South America
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
12-1 pm EDT
Miria Vivas, MD, MPH, director of Orientame presented on her work around women’s empowerment and access to safe abortion care in Colombia, South America. Dr. Vivas is the current Director of Orientame. This private, non-profit organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health, with emphasis on prevention and comprehensive management of unwanted pregnancy and its social consequences, as well as prompt and humane treatment of incomplete abortion and the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in the cases according to the law. Dr. Vivas is originally from Colombia but moved to the USA for several years and worked with the Women’s Global Health Imperative (WGHI) from 2006-2009 on the MIRA project at the University of California, San Francisco before WGHI joined RTI. This event was attended by 41 individuals.
RTI was pleased to welcome Chief Justice Cheri Beasley as our guest speaker for our 2020 Women’s Equality Day event. She is the 29th Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the first Black woman to serve as Chief Justice of the state’s highest Court. The program featured a conversation with Dr. Duren Banks and Tim Gabel about RTI’s Applied Justice Research program in the context of women’s equality.
The event, which is sponsored by the Women’s Advancement, Leadership, and Success (WALS) ERG in collaboration with the RTI Global Gender Center, celebrated 100 years of U.S. women’s right to vote and promoted continued efforts to ensure women’s full and equal participation in the workplace and civic life.
RTI International was pleased to host five Latin American leaders in government and industry as guest speakers for our 2020 Women’s Equality Day event. These women have held positions in government and industry and continue to work toward women’s equality in their countries. The event celebrated equality for women in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting continued efforts to ensure women’s full and equal participation in the workplace and civic life. It was sponsored by the Hispanic Employee Resource Group UNA Comunidad and the Women’s Advancement, Leadership, and Success (WALS) ERG with support from the RTI Global Gender Center.
Calls to Action
Sanitary Pads and Eco-Friendly Disposal for Students in Gurgaon
Since we know sanitary pads are an issue for girls in low resource communities, the RTI International India office is working with the Lotus Petal Foundation to help provide sanitary pads and eco-friendly disposal of used pads for students in Gurgaon, near Delhi in India.
Write to Prasanna Perumal of RTI International, India at email@example.com for additional information and to support the effort.
Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Yale AIDS Program. She is a practicing physician and maintains board certifications in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Addiction Medicine. Her investigative agenda focuses on developing, testing and implementing HIV prevention & treatment interventions for women in: criminal legal systems, drug treatment centers, & domestic violence service settings. Her clinical work & research is motivated by her experience working as an HIV care provider at Connecticut’s only prison for women.
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