Meet 10 women leading change in the health sector. Introduced by Jude Kelly.

Jude Kelly Q&A with Gülseren Onanç (2019-09-18) by British Council TurkeyWOW - Women of the World Foundation


Jude Kelly introduces the theme of Health

"It's so important to the life of the community that women flourish, but girls are still held back by their shame about menstruation, menopausal women are shunned, and women's mental health is often seen just as mere hysteria as part of the 'women's condition'." 

Health: Susie Orbach (2020) by Paula Abu "Narcography"WOW - Women of the World Foundation

Dr. Susie Orbach - Psychoanalyst & Psychotherapist - London

“After the pandemic, our institutions will need to be rebuilt with transparency, with heart and by learning from the people who have been staffing them, not just the managers and owners."

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Health: Bonita Sharma (2020) by Buna DhuganaWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Bonita Sharma - Founder of SOCHAI - Kathmandu

In Nepal, almost 50% of children below five die due to causes associated with malnutrition. As a Public Health activist, a Youth and a responsible citizen, I feel it is very unfair that women, children and girls are dying everyday due to preventable health problems."

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Health: Vanessa Geffrard (2020) by Khamaree "Kham" OwensWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Vanessa Geffrard - Sex Educator - Baltimore

"In my work, I realize that women, especially Black women, don’t always have a platform to discuss their sexuality. I want to elevate the message that we're amazing, wonderful, complicated and multi-faceted beings who deserve to be heard and deserve to feel good."

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Health: Özge Akbulut (2020) by Elif KahveciWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Özge Akbulut - Associate Professor - Istanbul

“I am a materials engineer, and I make breast models. There are 1.7 million breast cancer cases in the world annually; half of these cases occur in geographies where breast-conserving techniques cannot be applied due to the lack of training. The breast model we designed offers an accessible and reliable training platform."

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Health: Ghazal (2020) by Layla, a Storytelling Sister trained by Lotus FlowerWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Ghazal - Covid 19 Healthcare Assistant - Kurdistan

"My job at the center is to give awareness sessions about Coronavirus to people near their homes throughout the camp, as well as within The Lotus Flower center. I give out leaflets and face masks, provide demonstrations, and sterilize the hands of the young boys and girls out play."

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Health: Nisia Trindade de Lima (2020) by Aline FonsecaWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Nisia Trindade de Lima - President - Rio de Janeiro

"I speak of an ambiguous feeling because, in this moment of the pandemic, I see several colleagues on the front lines. It gives me pride, but on the other hand, this pandemic reveals a very gender unequal society, and this inequality is also expressed among health workers. I hope we can take this moment to shift that."

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Health: Dr Odette Best (2020) by Mana SalsaliWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Dr Odette Best - Nurse, Academician - Brisbane

"I uncovered the story of an Aboriginal midwife named May Yarrowick, who trained in 1905 at Crown Street Women's Hospital in Sydney and that fuelled my passion for delving into the history of Aboriginal nurses and midwives. Nursing has been my life and I am proud of this profession; never more so than now.”

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Health: Ruona Meyer (2020) by Mohini UfeliWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Ruona Meyer - Journalist - Nigeria

"Sociocultural norms that say women must have something protruding on their chests to be sensual and normal, [it's] why many African women die of breast cancer – they seek help too late. In a world that links femininity, sexuality and self-worth to breasts, my flat chest is my placard – a symbol of my defiance to society’s patriarchal standards."

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Health: Dr. Seemin Jamali (2020) by Khaula JamilWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Dr. Seemin Jamali - Head of Emergency Department - Karachi

"I can’t forget the first time I saw people die in the emergency ward of a hospital. That day I decided I had to turn things around. I formed a solid team of individuals as passionate as myself. Nothing can defeat a person if they make up their mind to get something done."

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Health: Xiaohong Ning (2020) by Liao LuluWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Xiaohong Ning - Palliative medical expert - Beijing

"Hospice Palliative Care is a medical discipline that helps critically ill and terminal patients reach the end of life and pursue the quality of life. It is about human autonomy and dignity, and is an indispensable part of the whole lifecycle care."

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