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For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women 781.283.2483 \

Feminist Global Health as Peace Research.

Wellesley College professor to share lessons from breast cancer advocates in Nigeria and explore how global health can inform peace.

flyer for march 23 lunchtime seminar

WELLESLEY, Mass. – In Nigeria, breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women as well as the highest cause of mortality from cancer among women. In response to this growing epidemic, several Nigerian breast cancer advocacy organizations have emerged in recent years. Catia C. Confortini, Ph.D. will discuss the lessons she learned from those advocates in the presentation, “Feminist Global Health as Peace Research: Lessons from Breast Cancer Advocates in Nigeria,” on Thursday, March 23, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Cheever House, 828 Washington St, Wellesley. The program will kick off the spring Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.

“Countries of the Global South have witnessed a surge in non-communicable diseases, including cancer,” said Confortini, “And we see advocacy organizations popping up in response to that. At the same time, global health institutions and researchers have increased their presence in these countries, like Nigeria.” In the presentation, Confortini will discuss a co-authored work in progress that employs a feminist peace studies lens to examine the global health approaches these institutions take in response to the emerging cancer epidemics in Nigeria.

“Drawing lessons from Nigerian breast cancer advocates, we seek to uncover and untangle different forms of violence that lie at the heart of global health responses to cancer in the Global South,” said Confortini about the work in progress, “A feminist-informed peace studies approach to global health is necessary, we believe, to fully understand how global health interventions can advance, rather than hamper, greater justice and human flourishing.”

Catia C. Confortini, Ph.D. is an associate professor of peace and justice studies at Wellesley College as well as a member of the WCW Council of Advisors. Her research interests focus on the contribution of women's peace activism to peace studies as an academic field and as a practice.

This program is the Grace K. Baruch Memorial Lecture and is a part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series. The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit

For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline). Recordings from past seminars are posted online at

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.


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