Category: Women’s Health

Questioning Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. This violence is not confined to any one group – it is an epidemic that is affecting individuals from every background, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background. The consequences

Apna Ghar: Empowering Asian American Victims of Domestic Violence

Last quarter I took a class on Asian American women and different issues they face in the United States. One assignment was to look up an organization in the Chicago area serving these women. I chose Apna Ghar, an organization in Uptown Chicago, which tries to fill the gaps in domestic violence relief services in

Mainland Chinese “Birth Tours”

    In the past thirty years a phenomenon of “birth tourism” has arisen, describing Mainland Chinese mothers and their families traveling to Hong Kong to have their children. As the world has globalized, individuals have more access to information and more mobility. Medical tourism has stemmed exchange, as people become interested in seeking out

International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium a Success

Last month The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted its second International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium. The event brought international health leaders together at the Fairmont Chicago for a day of discussion on international public health issues pertaining to women.  Attendees included members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as a number

Sexual Violence in Kenyan Slums

While working in a rural hospital and community health organizations in Mutomo and Nairobi, Kenya through “Team Mutomo”*, a group formed at my high school in Minnesota, I was able to visit Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. After talking with the people there, I realized just how dangerous slum life can be. Of course, I had