Start Time: 03/23/2017 12:30 PM
Title: Feminist Global Health as Peace Research - Lessons from Breast Cancer Advocates in Nigeria
End Time: 03/23/2017 1:30 PM
Location(s): Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Title: Feminist Global Health as Peace Research: Lessons from Breast Cancer Advocates in Nigeria

Presenter: Catia Confortini, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies, Wellesley College; Member of WCW Council of Advisors

Location: Cheever House, Wellesley College

In Nigeria breast cancer is the most prevalent and the highest cause of mortality from cancer in women. Several breast cancer advocacy organizations have emerged in recent years to respond to this problem. At the same time, global health institutions and researchers have increased their presence in this as well as other countries of the Global South, which have witnessed a surge in non-communicable diseases, including cancer. In this presentation, Confortini will discuss a co-authored work in progress that seeks to examine global health approaches to the emerging cancer ‘epidemics’ in Nigeria through a feminist peace studies lens. Drawing lessons from Nigerian breast cancer advocates, Confortini and her co-author seek to uncover and untangle the different forms of violence that lie at the heart of global health responses to cancer in the Global South. A feminist-informed, peace studies approach to global health is necessary, they argue, to fully understand how global health interventions can advance, rather than hamper, greater justice and human flourishing.

This program is part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College. Lunchtime Seminars are free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site parking lot. Bring your lunch; WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact or call 781.283.2434.

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