News Release: School of Medicine , School of Public Health , Woodruff Health Sciences

Sep. 30,  2011

Global Women's Initiative Aims to Advance Women through Influential Leadership

Emory participants will discuss global partnerships, access to health and education

News Article ImageCourtenay Dusenbury, MPH, is director of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and the IANPHI U.S. Secretariat

The Global Women's Initiative: The Ripple Effect, slated for Sept. 30 at the InterContinental Buckhead and sponsored by Womenetics, is bringing together influential female leaders in economic empowerment, human rights, education, literacy and health. More than 600 attendees are expected at the event, which will connect attendees to key policy and decision makers working to advance women globally. 

'This event is important because it pulls together women and business leaders in the community to learn from each other about efforts we are making to improve health and education both locally and globally,' says Courtenay Dusenbury, MPH, of the Emory Global Health Institute. Dusenbury is director of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and the IANPHI U.S. Secretariat.  

"The Global Women’s Initiative affords us the opportunity to gain perspective from each other on our various fields of work in the public and private sectors so that we can better support the women of the world." 

Dusenbury will be on hand to present at the Access to Health and Education Panel, as will Ruth Parker, MD, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.  

The event also will feature internationally recognized speakers such as former U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt and world-renowned human rights activist Somaly Mam. Naomi Tutu, race and gender justice activist and Join My Village Ambassador, will deliver a message about the global status of women, the United States' efforts to impact the well-being of women worldwide and the public and private initiatives underway that are aimed at helping women.  

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