February was a quick month, but we have accomplished so much! This month, we hosted a lunch and learn about sexual assault (SA) in the US Air Force, posted a series of tweets related to combating intimate partner violence through youth-based approaches and tech innovations and current research our affiliates are conducting. We have much to look forward to in the next few weeks, as we have been busy planning a packed March. RESCHEDULED due to snow, we will welcome WomenNC and their Commission on the Status of Women scholars to RTI for WomenNC’s 11th Annual Local to Global Forum on March 4. The scholars, who have been working in partnership with their RTI GGC FEMtors for the past 9 months to complete original research projects focused on addressing gender issues in North Carolina, will present their research prior to heading to UN Women in New York. We will also celebrate 5 years of the RTI Global Gender Center jointly with International Women’s Day via a week-long celebration of affiliate-led lunch discussions (see more info below)!
RTI Gender-related Project Wins in February
- Acceptability of Implants for HIV Prevention from PHS NIH NIMH
- Asia Local Solutions IDIQ RFTOP from USAID Burma Mission
- Tier 1: Kenya/East Africa Regional Integration and Stronger Economies (RISE) from USAID Kenya Mission
- Duchenne Early Check Newborn Screening from Sarepta Therapeutics
RTI Gender-related Publications in February
Calls to Action
Please consider donating your soda pull tabs to Sister Rosemary who lives in Uganda and takes in children who have been released from rebel soldiers after being kidnapped. The bag in the image above is an example of what they make. At this point at least 30,000 kids have been kidnapped. She takes care of 300 to 500 kids each night to help them recover from sex trafficking. She provides them with access to education, food, shelter, and teaches them to sew. Thank you for your help!
Due to the snow in February, we had to postpone WomenNC’s Local to Global Forum We have since rescheduled the event for NEXT Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm on the RTI International campus. We would love to have you join us! ? RSVP by MONDAY, March 2 and let us know you are coming.
This event is a chance to hear the work of WomenNC’s student scholars from UNC-CH, NCSU, NCCU, and Duke. Each of them has worked on a project to improve the lives of North Carolina’s women and girls, partnered with FEMtors from the RTI Global Gender Center, for the past 9 months. Examples of their research include The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Maternal Health in Durham NC; Oral Health Disparities in Women within Eastern North Carolina; and How to Reduce Violence Against Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence in Durham NC.
We will be joined by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, North Carolina RepresentativeCynthia Ball, and Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes who will share their journeys as women to positions of leadership, as well as local motivational speaker and performer Sandra Dubose.
The scholars will travel to New York later in March to present this research and policy proposals to the United Nations 64th Annual Commission on the Status of Women where they will join scholars and activists from around the world in service to our mission to eliminate injustice against women and girls.
February Events Recap
Air Force Sexual Assault: Implementation Barriers Lunch N’ Learn
On February 27, 35 attendees attended the lunch n learn regarding RTI’s Air Force Sexual Assault project to learn about the Military and Family Risk Behavior Research group’s most recent intervention and barriers to implementation. RTI experts Nichole Scaglione, Jessica Nelson, and Randy Eckhoff discussed the prevalence of sexual assault within the Air Force, their technology-based intervention, and the innovations required when working with military restrictions and while directing a program remotely.