2022 Events

International Women’s Day – Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Women, Gender and Health Interdisciplinary Concentration hosted a celebration to learn about the radical history of IWD, its deep ties to issues of gender, work & health justice. After an introduction to the history of International Women‘s Day by the chair of WGH, and a brief presentation by June Barnett, representing the National Domestic Workers Alliance, speaker from co-sponsoring groups briefly shared what this day means for them. Several student organizations and school departments co-sponsored the event, and their representatives shared what IWD means to them: Center for Population and Development Studies; Environmental Justice Student Organization; Feminist Working Group HGSU-UAW Local 5118; François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; GenderSci Lab; Harvard Chan Students for Choice; Harvard SOGIE Health Equity Research Collaborative; Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers-(HUCTW); Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Parents@Harvard Chan Student Group; FAS Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; & UNITE HERE! Local 26. The event concluded with a virtual group sing-a-long to “Bread and Roses”!

64 people attended. This event was not recorded.

Climate, Migration, & Gender – Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

This event featured guest speakers Caleb Dresser (HSPH C-CHANGE Climate & Human Health Fellow) and Natalia Linos (Executive Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights) who discussed the connection between climate change and migration from a gender and public health perspective.

25 people attended. This event was not recorded.

Abortion After Roe: Getting the Facts re Abortion Methods, Technologies, & Access, and Countering Misinformation – Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Liz Janiak, ScD (she/her) answered questions about abortion access in the United States today and following the anticipated reversal of the Roe v Wade precedent in spring/summer 2022. An Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Chan School, Dr. Janiak is an expert in domestic abortion epidemiology, access issues, and related health inequities. She answered questions regarding when, where, and how people can terminate pregnancies now and in the future.

40 people attended. This event was not recorded.

Abortion Access Demonstration in Boston – Saturday, May 14th, 2022

WGH hosted a poster making session before traveling together to participate in abortion access protests in the Boston Commons.

10 people attended.

In Our Own Hands: how self-managed abortion can — and can’t — promote reproductive autonomy in a post-Roe world – Monday, September 12th, 2022

WGH welcomed guest speakers Dr. Elizabeth Janiak, ScD,  and Brianna Keefe – Oates, MPH for an event on self-managed abortion in a post-Roe context. In June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the Roe v Wade precedent that protected a limited legal right to abortion in the United States for 49 years. This seismic shift in reproductive rights will severely exacerbate existing reproductive health inequities according to race/ethnicity, geography, and age. Self-managed abortion–abortion outside the formal medical system–is one strategy to promote reproductive autonomy in a post-Roe context. We discussed what SMA is, how it has worked in other legally restricted environments, and what the evidence shows regarding safety, quality, and acceptability of different models.

10 people attended.

LGBTQIA+ Youth Health & Policy – Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

Dr. Kimberly Nelson, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, and Dr. Kristen Underhill, Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School, joined WGH on National Coming Out Day for a discussion facilitated by Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, on the implications of school legislation, such as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” and other bills that restrict the inclusion of LGBTQIA+  content, on the health of LGBTQIA+ youth.

45 people attended.

Post-Election Breakfast – Thursday, November 10th, 2022

WGH hosted a light breakfast to debrief the results of the 2022 midterm elections.

Reproductive Justice and Carceral States: Undermining Rights for Birthing People – Monday, December 5th, 2022

WGH and the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights hosted a discussion led by Dr. Brittney Butler about mitigating the impacts carceral systems have on the rights of birthing people, and how we can begin to dismantle these systems to improve population health.

28 people attended.

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