A Women's Equality Day Event: We are in this together, because we are better together.

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August 26, 2022 10:00am

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In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we invite you to join the RTI Global Gender Center in celebrating the hurdles overcome in propelling the rights of women and girls forward via a series of rapid-fire presentations on gender equality-focused global projects in Kenya, Uganda, the Philippines, and the United States.

Join RTI GGC affiliated gender scientists for powerful dialogue and discussion around why they are passionate about their gender-sensitive research worldwide, and the impact their work has had on the lives of women and girls globally on Friday, August 26th from 10:00—11:00 AM ET.

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Event Outline

This panel will be moderated by RTI Global Gender Center Director, Dr. Wendee Wechsberg,
and will feature the following speakers (presentation titles forthcoming):


  • Chessa Lutter, PhD: Dr. Chessa Lutter is a senior nutrition researcher and senior fellow at RTI. Based on more than 30 years working in maternal and child nutrition with the World Health Organization and academic and non-governmental institutions, Dr. Lutter’s research and program expertise have helped shape the public dialogue around breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and the prevention of child undernutrition and obesity through more than 75 scholarly articles, book chapters, and commentaries. She is currently providing technical support to reduce the prevalence of acute malnutrition in Northwest Kenya through the Nawiri Project.

    Presentation country of focus: Kenya


  • Felicia Browne, ScD: Dr. Felicia Browne is a senior research social epidemiologist in RTI International’s Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program. She is also the Assistant Director of the Social and Behavioral Science Research Core of the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research. With a commitment to addressing health disparities locally and globally, Dr. Browne’s NIH-funded research focuses on reducing HIV in the U.S. South and South Africa among key populations of African descent who use alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Browne received a Doctor of Science in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Presentation country of focus: United States


  • Cristina Bisson, MPH: Ms. Cristina Bisson serves as the Health Systems Strengthening Director in RTI’s International Development Group. She is responsible for program development and implementation to strengthen country health systems, particularly integrated service delivery and governance, ensuring access to and use of equitable, high-quality, and sustainable services. Her health sector technical areas of focus include maternal child health and family planning, HIV, and non-communicable diseases. She also serves as project manager for the USAID Philippines ReachHealth program, which aims to strengthen and improve access to critical MNCH/FP services.


Presentation country of focus: Philippines


  • Elizabeth (Liz) Randolph, PhD: Dr. Elizabeth Randolph has worked internationally across sectors, in international health, gender justice and international education, primarily on the African continent, with country experience in Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Iraq, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The majority of Dr. Randolph’s technical work and research in international development has supported national systems strengthening to address sexual gender-based violence (South Africa), to eliminate violence against children in schools (Uganda), and to catalyze education systems change toward safer, more supportive, and more engaging classrooms.


Presentation country of focus: Uganda


For more information please email ivanderdrift@rti.org



A Women's Equality Day Event: We are in this together, because we are better together.

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Felicia Browne


Stigma, discrimination, and gender


Community-based research

Substance use and addiction


Elizabeth Randolph


Gender-based violence prevention

Empowering women and girls

Health promotion for under-served populations