Global Seminar Series
Connecting girls to learn & unite with each other to understand their roles in our global community.
Launched in May 2020, the Global Seminar Series aims to provide an opportunity for high school girls globally to connect, learn, and collaborate as they address relevant pressing global issues. The Global Seminar Series prepares students to become informed and empowered to take action by exploring one global issue through an interdisciplinary lens, interacting with experts in various professions, and participating in collaborative group projects.
Across our 6 seminars to date, we have gathered 450+ girls from 27+ countries and 30+ schools, connecting them to each other and 40 speakers and panelists. Past speakers include Kate Bennett (White House Correspondent for CNN), Rania Dagash (Chief of Policy & Best Practices, United Nations), Paloma Escudero (Director of Communications, UNICEF), Maggie Duncan Simbeye (Founder, DARE Women’s Foundation, Tanzania), Yoonji Shin (Engineering Manager, Google), Dr. Krista Dong (Infectious Disease Doctor, South Africa), Beatrice Phiri (Founder, Friends of Nature), and Marinel Ubaldo (Co-founder, Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation).
Our past Global Seminar Series focused on:
- The Pandemic: A Call to Action (May, 2020)
- The State of Democracy and the Global Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election (October/November, 2020)
- Social Media 360: The Unsung Hero or the Insidious Villain? (February, 2021)
- Sharing our Global Stories: Making the Invisible Visible (May, 2021)
- Global Political Polarization – The Hidden Pandemic (Fall, 2021)
- The Climate Crisis: From Acknowledgement to Activism (Spring, 2022)
Join us for Global Seminar Series #7
Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights: Advancing the Global Conversation Among Youth
October 8, 22, and 29, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST on Zoom
Worldwide access to women’s and reproductive health services is not a universal right for people around the globe. Many women and girls face limited, restricted or no access to information and services about women’s health issues including reproductive health.
The statistics are sobering. According to the Global Fund for Women,
- An estimated 214 million women worldwide want – but lack access to – contraception;
- More than 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth;
- Same-sex relationships between consenting adults are still illegal in 76 countries globally.
The fall virtual Global Seminar Series – Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights: Advancing the Global Conversation among Youth – will address questions like:
- How do women’s health, reproductive rights and maternal mortality rates differ between countries, and why?
- As a young person, where do I fit into this discussion?
- How can I take action in my community?
Add your voice to this important conversation on women’s health and reproductive rights.
Lolo Cynthia Ihesie
Global Communications and Marketing Lead, VOICE Amplified
Lolo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and it was always assumed that she would eventually study medicine. But when she moved to Johannesburg, South Africa for post-secondary studies in 2009, she stumbled upon opportunities to work within reproductive and sexual health. Lolo knew girls who did not survive unsafe abortions back home and she was drawn to learning how to prevent health issues, rather than treat them. Now 27, Lolo is the Global Communications and Marketing Lead at VOICE Amplified - a feminist organisation working to end violence against women and girls in conflict, crisis and disaster regions. She is also the founder of the popular social enterprise LoloTalks. She empowers communities through comprehensive sex education and menstrual health advocacy every single day. LoloTalks’ motto is “developing communities, one conversation at a time.” She tackles social issues people do not always want to address by organizing events and programs that create awareness, are educational, and foster discussions about stigmatized topics ranging from sexuality to menstrual hygiene.
Maggie Fox has spent more than 40 years covering the news for radio, television, wire services, digital sites, newspapers and magazines. She’s spent most of the past 25 years specializing in health and science journalism for Reuters, MSNBC.com, NBC News, National Journal, and CNN. Maggie has reported on stories about women’s health, infectious diseases such as COVID, Ebola and Zika, cancer, heart disease, stem cell research and other subjects from Washington, DC. Maggie has also reported and edited for Reuters from London, covering stories in Ireland, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, and elsewhere. She’s lived and worked in Hong Kong, covering stories across Asia, and In Beirut, covering the Middle East. She started her career in South Carolina.
Karin Watson Ferrer
Karin Watson Ferrer was born and raised in Chile. She is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Karin is a member of Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective, Co-founder of the “Que se sepa” Project, Co-founder and Graphic Designer at the Re-earth Initiative, member of YES! for Humanity, and Human Rights Education volunteer at Amnistía Internacional Chile.
Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba
Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba is the founder and coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network, a regional group that uses budget advocacy to influence adequate health spending and improve transparency and accountability. He is the Global Co-convener of the Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health. In Nigeria, he is a founding member of the National Advocates for Health, a policy and advocacy think-tank engaging in high-level advocacy on health-care financing reforms. In his voluntary capacity he has been a weekly health columnist with the Nigerian newspaper “Daily Trust” for over 17 years and the publisher of an online newspaper “Health Reporters”, which reports on Africa’s health. He holds a MBBS degree from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and a Master of Science in Public Health and post-graduate diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.