Event Summary: Celebration of 2012 International Women’s Day

On Thursday, March 8, WGH cosponsored a series of events with the Women and Health Initiative and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights to celebrate International Women’s Day. During a lunchtime seminar, dynamic panelists Audrey Porter from My Life My Choice and Charles Clements from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy spoke about strategies to prevent and understand human trafficking. They discussed the topic from different, complementary lens that highlighted both the personal and policy implications of trafficking on a local and global scale. At an evening reception, Dean Julio Frenk encouraged everyone to reflect on the history of International Women’s Day as well as the current successes that can be seen within and outside the walls of our school. The reception was also a night of artistic expression: the Cambridge Dance Company performed and winners from a photo contest of women and health were announced by Ana Langer. Norma Swenson and Bekka Lee of WGH closed the evening with an activity that showed attendees the ways that International Women’s Day 2012 was being celebrated around the world and screened a brief film clip on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. A donation drive was also organized throughout the week to collect healthy, non-perishable food items to support Rosie’s Place.