International Women’s Day is a holiday which has been celebrated since the early 1900s. The day, March 8th, serves as a day of awareness and appreciation for women’s rights and equality. Originally called the International Conference of Working Women, the day calls for equality, especially in the workplace, concerning wages and other career-focused interests.
In Rwanda especially, where the ratio of women to men is one of the highest in the world, International Women’s Day is an important celebration. Although MHEP and the RVCP don’t specifically hold an International Women’s Day event, our maternal health education courses and our microfinance program educate and empower women to be responsible for their own choices, both physically and financially.
We hope everyone had a great winter break! We’ve started this semester at full speed, just finishing our Coffee House at Bourbon Coffee on 21st and L! A broad array of performers —singers, comedians, actors, and more— were in attendance and provided a unique dynamic to the audience. Make sure to check out the video synopsis created by the GW Hatchet (link)! We hope to have many more events like this over the course of the semester, so stay tuned!
This semester, watch out for our annual Benefit Dinner, set to be held in the CIty View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where Pamela Barnes, President and CEO of EngenderHealth will be a speaker! Also, later in the semester, we plan to hold another Run for Rwanda, just in time for the spring weather!
GlobeMed at The George Washington University is excited to announce a special promotion with handbag designer Beth Springer this holiday season. For every purchase from Black Friday (November 25th) until Christmas, 20-25% of all profits will be donated to GlobeMed at The George Washington University. Just make sure to mention GWGM in your order to attribute the purchase to our organization!
Last weekend was GlobeMed at The George Washington University’s first annual retreat at Summit Lake in Maryland! All of the GlobeMedders had a great time getting to know all of the new members, and we can’t wait for the next one!
Also, coming up this weekend is our Hydrate Humanity campaign. We’ll be selling sustainable water bottles in front of Thurston Hall and Ivory Tower from 9-5 on Saturday the 15th. Make sure to stop by to show your support and to get a cool sustainable water bottle!
Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out our GlobalGiving page. The last bonus day of the year is on October 19th, so we’d love your support!
Global Health U presentations start this past week with a spark of creativity. GlobeMedders submitted “This I Believe” Statements which gave us all an insight into what is important to each of us about global health. We will post more in the next few weeks but for now, here’s a few of our statements:
“I believe that serving the needs of one single villager should be just as noteworthy as serving those of an entire village.”
- Sush Bose
“I believe that all of the world’s problems can be solved if everyone abandoned their preconceptions and expectations of each other and were able to view each other as true moral, human equals.”
- Melissa Wong
“This I believe, that anyone and everyone can make a difference in global health by simply considering proper health care to be a basic right of all of the world’s citizens.”
- Julia Melamed
“I believe we can change the world.”
- Katy Stewart
“I believe that several good intentions can become one great movement”
- Alex Boulos
“I believe everybody, young or old, rich or poor, has the capacity to make a difference in the world.”