Gender in Global Health: Community Engagement and Gender Equity

The Centre for Global Health is proud to present its new cross-cutting theme, Gender in global health. The launch of this new initiative is celebrated with an online event in collaboration with Women in Global Health Norway and will highlight community gender equity in health efforts across Africa.

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This webinar has been recorded and can be viewed here:

The Centre for Global Health (CGH) at the University of Oslo (UiO) is proud to present its new cross-cutting thematic focus on gender in global health, led by Professor Kari Nyheim Solbrække. The launch of this new initiative is celebrated with a webinar highlighting community gender equity in health efforts in Africa in collaboration with Women in Global Health Norway (WGH Norway). The webinar will aim to highlight ways local community efforts can strengthen women’s possibilities and capacities for financial independence, break violence against women’s rights, reduce hazards related to childbirth and advance communities that include good health for all. 

In what ways can increased community engagement provide a pathway to women’s independence and better health? How and why should academic institutions like UiO contribute to the enhancement of gender in research and education that leads to healthy lives for all? Join us as these questions lead the discussion and panel during this open and free event, inspired by the 2020 winner of the UiO Human Right Award, Marcelline Budza.


| 10:00 | Welcome - Jeanette H. Magnus, Director, Centre for Global Health, UiO

| 10:05 | Introduction - Kari Nyheim Solbrække

| 10:10 | Keynote speech - Marcelline Budza

| 10:25 | Honorary speech - Jon-Åge Øyslebø

| 10:32 | Presentations

Samiratou Ouédraogo | Decision-making in Global Health - Listening to women from underserved and underrepresented communities

Anders Seim | Survival - A good place to start

Nora Sveaass | Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Violence in Conflict - How to support survivors

| 11:00 | Panel discussion and Q&A with Marcelline Budza, Samiratou Ouédraogo, Anders Seim, Nora Sveaass and Antonie L. Kræmer

Keynote Speaker

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Marcelline Budza | Founder & President, Rebuild Women's Hope | Winner, UiO Human Rights Award 2020 | Speaker, SHE Conference 2021



Speakers // Panelists

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Jon-Åge Øyslebø | Ambassador, Norwegian Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)



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Samiratou Ouédraogo | Public Health specialist | Leader, Women in Global Health Francophone West Africa



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Anders Seim | Founder and Executive Director, Health Development International




Nora Sveaass | Clinical psychologist & Professor emeritus, Department of Psychology, UiO | Winner, UiO Human Rights Award 2018



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Antonie L. Kræmer | Embassy Counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)




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Kari Nyheim Solbrække | Professor, Department for Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, UiO




About Marcelline Budza

Image may contain: Microphone, Smile, Organ, Fashion design, Street fashion.Marcelline Budza is a feminist and human right defender from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known for her active work in defending human right and empowering women in a country that has been plagued by civil war and corruption. In 2013, she founded the Rebuild Women's Hope Association and has worked tirelessly ever since to enable many women to regain economic independence and become active participants in society and the economy. Marcelline has a clear vision for change and making a difference in the world. She has been actively engaged in the fight for women's rights and the empowerment of women in a country that has been plagued by conflict, corruption and multiple violations of women's rights for more than two decades. Her fight has been recognized with various international and national recognitions.

  • 2017: international prize of The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award from the Scottish Government;
  • 2019: Prize of Human Right from the French Government in Paris
  • 2020: Human Rights Award from the University of Oslo in Norway and the Prize for Excellency from the DRC Civilian Society.
Tags: Women in Global Health, Global health
Published Mar. 2, 2021 7:35 PM - Last modified July 19, 2021 9:03 PM