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Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health

REGISTER NOW for the 11th Annual
Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC)

April 4-6, 2014
University of Washington | Seattle, WA
WRIHC Student Committee | UW Chapter of GlobeMed | UW Department of Global Health

Dear Friends of Global Health:

A team of 30 students from across the University schools and departments have organized a conference around powerful topics in the margins of most discussions in global health — a deeper understanding of social and political movements, diverse sexualities and sexual health, gender-based violence, reproductive rights, global discrimination against the LGBTQ community, income inequality, and universal access to health care. With over 20 sponsors, and an additional 11 co-sponsors, the conference will feature perspectives from multiple disciplines, cultures and communities. The Western Regional Health Conference is for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge base about global health, and the impact of movements to improve health globally!

The keynote speaker is Stella Nyanzi, PhD, with the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her current research is focused on the politicization of sexuality in contemporary Uganda – with an emphasis particularly on unpacking mainstream religious framing of and contestations about sexual citizenship. Dr. Nyanzi is also conducting research about the vulnerability and resilience of young refugee and displaced women in Uganda towards HIV/AIDS. She is a featured author in the book, African Sexualities, which features many scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are offering a special registration rate through January 31:

  • Special Deal through January 31: Students $40 | Non-students $75.
  • Early Bird February 1-March 20: Students $50 | Non-students $100.
  • Regular Rates after March 21: Students $75 | Non-students $150.

Register now to get this rate before it goes up! Your registration includes attendance at any and all events on a first come, first served basis including 18 dynamic and thought-provoking breakout sessions in six categories; continental breakfast; admission to an evening film screening; poster sessions; and coffee breaks where you can network with colleagues and prominent organizations in the field!

If you have any questions, please write us at info@wrihc.org.

We look forward to a great conference!

Best regards on behalf of the Student Planning Committee,

Mariel Boyarsky, MPHc
Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC) Coordinator


Distinguished program speakers include:

  • Sutapu Basu, Executive Director of UW Women’s Center, Co-Chair of Task Force against Human Trafficking
  • Gloria Feldt, Former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood
  • Walter Flores, Director of Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems; Global Coordinator of Community Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health-COPASAH, Guatemala
  • Demet Gural, Vice President of Programs, Pathfinder International
  • Joanne Keatley, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
  • Sunny Kishore, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network
  • Tim Lane, University of California – San Francisco
  • Grace Poore, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Jessica Stern, Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Dilys Walker, Department of Global Health, Executive Director of PRONTO International

Check the Western Regional International Health Conference website regularly to see a full and updated list of confirmed speakers.

With generous contribution from: Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Oregon Health & Sciences University, Global Health Center; Pacific Northwest University, College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pacific Northwest University, Global Health Club; Seattle University, College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon, African Studies Program; University of Oregon, Department of Biology; University of Oregon, Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon, Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute;  UW Center for Global Studies; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program; UW Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance

With additional support from: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; UC San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University.

Register now


Conference Highlights:

Keynote speaker: Stella Nyanzi, PhD, a scholar and activist from Uganda

Former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood to speak on reproductive rights movement

Speakers from Uganda, Turkey, Mexico, Guatemala, Malaysia, and more

Discussion of trans* health and global gender-based violence

Efforts to elevate non-communicable diseases within global health

Talks by advocates and activists from peace movements, immigrant rights, and indigenous people’s movements

Media representation of gender, sexuality and social movements

Film “Call me Kuchu” about murder of openly gay activist in Uganda



Plenary 1: Sexuality and Global Health

Plenary 2: Gender and Global Health

Plenary 3: Social Movements and Global Health


What aspects of gender, sexuality, and social movements in global health have yet to be explored?

How can the field of global health help to strengthen these movements?

What are the forces that have contributed to the censorship of these themes?

Download a copy of the poster!

Creating healthier lives. It’s the Washington Way.

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Seattle WA 98195
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