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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?

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11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC)


Submit an Abstract for the 11th annual Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC)

April 4-6, 2014 in the HUB at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Call for Abstracts: Posters and Presentations

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013 (we will notify submitters of their status by February 1, 2014).

Criteria for Submission: Students, faculty, and professionals of all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for posters and/or oral presentations on the conference theme of “Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health.”

The intent of this conference is to extend and amplify the dialogue surrounding gender, sexuality, and social movements in global health.  By questioning and conversing, analyzing and disseminating ideas, and searching for what can be accepted within the inconsistencies, we can break down stigmas and stereotypes, and gain greater insight and understanding of these themes.  And though there are significant challenges and problems to be addressed, there is also much to be celebrated: pleasure, creativity, empowerment, and rich cultural diversities.

We will be accepting approximately 30 posters through a competitive process and a very limited number of oral presentations.  We are looking for presentations that speak to the following conference foci:

Voices & Visibility: Power, Media, & The Arts in Global Health
“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language.” –Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie.
This track will emphasize the importance of bearing witness and giving a voice to the voiceless, while addressing the complexities of power and privilege. It aims to explore the marginalized voices of people of all genders, the LGBTQ community, and social activists. By extending beyond the biomedical framework of global health, perhaps we can find a more equitable discourse of visions, aspirations, and change.

Perceptions Unspoken: Language, Culture, Rhetoric, & Religion
The Perceptions Unspoken Track highlights a variety of topics within regional cultural practices, identity and rhetoric surrounding sexuality, and personal perspectives within a larger community. Perceptions Unspoken focuses on topics that are often overlooked, but which have a large humanistic component. This track emphasizes the individual and intimate narratives and how individual stories impact the larger societal dialogue.

Seeking Justice for Vulnerable Populations
This track will highlight the interplay between power and gender within and around institutional frameworks. By attending these panel discussions, you will hear from experts with a variety of perspectives speaking about some crucial topics related to human rights, reproductive health, gender violence, and equal representation in conducting clinical trials.

Celebrating Gender & Sexuality
So often gender and sexuality and problematized and medicalized in global health, without acknowledging the joys, creativity, and diversities of gender and sexual expression in different cultures throughout the world. This track will explore these themes and look at what sexual health can mean–not just as the absence of disease, but as a vital component of overall well-being.

The People United: Advocacy, Activism, & Social Movements in Global Health
>From street protests to strikes, from community organizing to online campaigning, grassroots social movements have played a major role in shaping global health. In this track, we will focus on advocacy and activism, and discuss alternative viewpoints that challenge mainstream perceptions of global health and health care. Topics include political resistance, indigenous peoples movements, economic justice, and feminist perspectives on global health, among others.

The Modernization of Sexual Health: The Impact of Technological and Clinical Advancements on the Developing World
This track will explore the impact of technology and clinical services on gender and sexual health. Breakout sessions will address the role of globalization and social media in dating, sexuality, and identity development. Panelists will present innovative perspectives, ranging from new scientific technologies to emerging social movements.

Criteria for selection: The abstract committee will review all submissions by the following criteria: originality; organization; quality and clarity; methods and materials used; and relevance of the project to the conference foci.

Deadline: Late submissions will not be accepted.  If you have any questions regarding an abstract submission, please contact Mariel Boyarsky at the Global Health Resource Center (GHRC) at boyarsky@uw.edu

Guidelines: All abstracts must be submitted in English.  Total word count, excluding author names, affiliations and titles, must be under 250 words.  Submissions with word counts far exceeding 250 will not be considered by the review committee.  Handwritten abstracts will not be reviewed.


Questions? Email boyarsky@uw.edu