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Shared Solutions: Host Communities and Displaced Women Working Together for Better Health and Rights

October 09, 2018
5:30 PM MDT - 7:30 PM MDT
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Warwick Hotel - Millennium Ballroom
1776 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
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"Sexual and reproductive health problems are responsible for one third of health issues for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years.

Three decades into the AIDS epidemic, it is young women who bear the brunt of new HIV infections. This also leaves them particularly vulnerable to tuberculosis - one of the leading causes of death in low-income countries of women 20–59 years.

One in three women under 50 has experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner, or non-partner sexual violence – violence which affects their physical and mental health in the short and long-term."

- World Health Organization

War, violence, persecution and natural disasters are all reasons why someone may be forced to leave their homes in search of safety. This migration has implications for the displaced individuals, their families and their new host communities. According to the UN Refugee Agency, an estimated 37 million people worldwide are migrating and living displaced from their communities. About half of that number are women, who often lack access to basic health care because their host communities do not have the capacity to provide those services.

On Tuesday, October 9, WorldDenver will be joined by Lois Quam (Pathfinder International CEO) and Pardis Mahdavi (Acting Dean at DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies) to discuss women's global health issues, the issues facing displaced women, and the solutions to improve the status of women's health and access to quality sexual and reproductive health services.

Event Details

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.:  Networking Reception
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation & Audience Q+A

About the Speakers

Lois Quam, named three times to FORTUNE’s list of the most influential women leaders in business, joined Pathfinder International as its new chief executive officer in February 2017. Quam was on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has served as chief operating officer of The Nature Conservancy and as executive director of the US Department of State’s Global Health Initiative, before serving as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to her work in the public sector, Quam was the founding CEO of Ovations, a division of the FORTUNE 50 global corporation UnitedHealth Group.

Pardis Mahdavi joined the Josef Korbel School from Pomona College, where she most recently served as Dean of Women; Professor and Chair of Anthropology; and Director of the Pacific Basin Institute. Mahdavi's research interests include gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She is the author of "Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution" (Stanford University Press, 2008); "Gridlock: Labor, Migration and 'Human Trafficking' in Dubai" (Stanford University Press, 2011); "From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem" (Routledge, 2013); and "Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrants' Lives" (Stanford University Press, 2016).


$25.00 WorldDenver Members

$40.00 NonMembers

$20.00 WorldDenver Young Professional