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Preventing Violence Against Female Community Health Workers

Alumni / Networking / Social
Johns Hopkins Spotlight Series

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ET
Past Event

Female community health workers are an integral part of the global health network. This event will discuss the findings in a recently published article including how a lack of formal worker protections have led to female community health workers facing violence and sexual harassment in the workplace and why these acts of violence are often silenced. Interested viewers are welcome to read the article before or after the event, Breaking the silence on gendered harassment and assault of community health workers: an analysis of ethnographic studies.

Svea Closser, PhD, is a medical anthropologist that uses ethnographic methods to explore the complexities of public health policymaking and implementation. Since becoming a double alumna from Emory University, Svea's interests have been focused on the experiences of frontline health staff working in challenging environments, strategies for building robust systems of Primary Health Care, the culture and politics of disease eradication programs and more. Expanding her footprint in public health, Svea has multiple publications and awards over the years. Her books include Chasing Polio in Pakistan and the textbook-readers, Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, 3rd ed and Foundations of Global Health. Svea was also awarded the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best book project in the area of medicine, Vanderbilt University Press as well as the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, India. 

Marium Sultan, MSc, is a researcher that has a focus on barriers and facilitators to frontline worker success and safety, using first-hand qualitative data, in locations spanning Pakistan to Baltimore. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for vulnerable groups, especially through influencing the built environment. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, volunteer soccer coaching, and camping in remote locations where she can see the stars.


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