Power, Privilege, and Reproductive Justice in Global Health

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On February 25th, USC IIGH hosted “Power, Privilege, and Reproductive Justice in Global Health”


Dr. Senait Fisseha, a globally recognized thought leader and change agent, joined USC IIGH to shed light on the inequities and asymmetrical power structures ingrained within global health, and what we can do address them. Beginning with our own communities, her talk illiminated the importance of personal responsibility and asked young Global Health Leaders to reflect on their own privilege and the steps needed to rectify the oppressive and inequitable systems that has persisted for generations.


Speaker Overview:

Professor Senait Fisseha is a globally recognized leader in reproductive health & rights and a lifelong gender champion. Professor Fisseha serves as the Director of Global Programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, as well as Chief Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization. A reproductive endocrinology specialist, Dr. Fisseha previously was Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of Michigan, Medical Director of University of Michigan’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and founding Executive Director of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT). While at Michigan, she also co-directed the Medical School’s Path of Excellence in Global Health & Disparities. Professor Fisseha was born in Ethiopia and earned an undergraduate degree from Rosary College, M.D. and J.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University, and a certificate in International Human Rights & Comparative Law from the University of Oxford.

Closing Remarks provided by Dr. Howard Hu, Professor & Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine.


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