Dear Esteemed Colleagues,
I sincerely hope this update finds you healthy. We are living in an unprecedented time right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. To all of the health care professionals, grocery store employees, delivery drivers, and those on the front lines fighting this pandemic, a SINCERE THANK YOU!
The spread of the virus has certainly changed the way we go about our lives, and our research. If you are interested in learning about how we are adapting research in this time of global crisis with a gender lens from some of our projects, please consider reading something I wrote last week here. As issues change daily, please consider submitting an original blog or an op-ed on how this will affect your gender-related work to be featured on our website. Just let me know if you are interested! We should be concerned about urgent public issues that have been exacerbated by this pandemic, such as escalated violence or barriers to health care.
The intersectional issues and implications can be quite dangerous as people are required to shelter.
REVIEW OF THE MONTH
Though the month of March has brought on a whirlwind of the unknown, some wonderful things came out of it as well. We celebrated five years of the RTI Global Gender Center AND International Women’s Day (which we celebrated for an entire week) with lunch discussions focused on the Center’s four main priority areas: education, economic empowerment, ending gender-based violence, and health and wellness. In total we had nearly 200 attendees in-person and online all week.
On March 4, we hosted WomenNC’s Annual Local to Global Forum with close to 140 attendees celebrating the eight scholars from UNC, Duke, NCSU and NCCU “femtored” by RTI GGC affiliates. Each scholar presented their final research project in preparation to present at UNWomen. Although this meeting was canceled, all other events are being held virtually, including presentations to local governments to have an impact locally. See more about these wonderful events below.
Stay safe, and please keep your social distance.
RTI Gender-related March Project Wins
- NuMoM2b Heart Health Study II – Data Coordinating and Analysis center Continuation of Cohort from NIH NHLBI
- Assessment of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response from World Health Organization India
- Long-Acting Prevention Implantable System (LAPIS) for HIV PrEP from PHS NIH NIAID
- Ohio Study of Associated Risks of Stillbirth (OH SOARS) – Additional funding from Ohio State University
- Test Menstrual Product Disposal Unit from Duke University
- Add-On: TriCity Cervical Cancer Prevention among Women in the Criminal Justice System from University of Kansas
RTI Gender-related Publications in March
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!
March Events Recap
In collaboration with Women’s Advancement in Leadership (WALS) Employee Resource Group, we hosted a week of lunch discussions, March 9, 10, 11, and 13, to commemorate our 5th anniversary, and International Women’s Week!
Expert affiliates facilitated intimate and thought-provoking discussions with each session covering one of four major areas contributing to gender inequality. Sessions raised questions about timely gender-related issues on a global scale, shared new innovations in gender-driven research, and showcased what RTI and others are doing to combat inequality. At the end of each session, a group photo honoring the #EachforEqual International Women’s Day campaign was taken with attendees. Sessions were recorded and are available to RTI GGC affiliates upon request, and accessible on the Center’s internal share drive.
WomenNC’s 11th Annual Local to Global Forum Recap: A SUCCESS BY ANY MEASURE