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Symposium on Gender Equity and Global Reproductive Health

March 19-21, 2014 in San Diego, CA


The overarching goal of this scientific meeting is to advance evidence-based programming and policies that promote gender equity and reproductive health among women and girls across multiple global regions, particularly West and Central Africa, South Asia and Latin America. This will be accomplished by:

1) Sharing cutting edge research on reproductive health from leading scholars across the fields of medicine, public health, social science and economics from the leading public university system in the United States, the University of California,

2) Having key leaders in the donor and development communities involved in setting the agenda for improving global reproductive health provide their perspectives on this work and their current priorities for related research and programming,

and 3) Structuring a dialogue between researchers and leaders in the donor and development communities to develop a common agenda for scientific efforts to improve reproductive health for the decade post-2015, with a  particular emphasis on issues of gender equity and the multiple areas of strength across the UC system.

We invite scholars, practitioners, and advocates across the globe to participate in this important event. Please note, there is no cost to attend this meeting. The meeting will also be available via live webcast.

Simultaneous English-Spanish translation will be provided for all 3 days of the Symposium, via on-site interpreter.

Featuring Remarks From:

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Janet Napolitano
President, University of California

 Photo of Pradeep Khosla

Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, University of California San Diego

Distinguished Speakers Include:

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Gary DarmstadtSenior Fellow, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Ellen Starbird
Director Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID

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Jeni Klugman
Director of Gender and Development,  World Bank Group

 Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen, MD, MPH
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health at UCSF, Co-Director of the UC GHI Center of Expertise in Women's Health & Empowerment

"Integration of Family Planning Services into HIV Care and Treatment"

Jay Silverman

Jay Silverman, PhD
Professor of Global Public Health and Director of Research for the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UCSD

"Gender-based Violence and Reproductive Coercion as Drivers of Unintended Pregnancy"


Anita Raj

Anita Raj, PhD, MS
Director of UCSD's Center on Gender Equity and Health, and Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health

"Reproductive Health Risks of Girl Child Marriage and Adolescent Motherhood"


The Symposium will include:

  • Lightning presentations from key leaders in the areas of research and evidence-based program and policy, highlighting cutting edge study findings and innovative solutions.
  • Panels with representatives from donor agencies and other funders focused on family planning, reproductive health, youth programs, and gender equity.
  • Panels with representatives from different sectors focused on policy changes and local implementation of family planning, reproductive health, youth programs, and gender equity.
  • Networking opportunities for donors, scholars, practitioners, advocates and policy experts to discuss key issues of gender equity and global reproductive health.

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