Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dr. Natalia Kanem to Deliver Gruber Lecture on March 4

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will deliver the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights on March 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and registration is available at

Dr. Natalia KanemDr. Kanem’s lecture, “Transforming our Future: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All,” will spotlight how the international community is working to secure the health, well-being, and rights of women, girls, and young people under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.

A Panamanian national, Dr. Kanem brings to the position more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice and philanthropy, having taught at Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health, as well as serving at the Ford Foundation from 1992 to 2005 in West Africa and globally. She also served as Deputy Vice-President for the Foundation’s worldwide peace and social justice programs. She previously worked as UNFPA Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania and as UNFPA Deputy Executive Director in charge of programs.

The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice and the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights feature speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women’s rights.

To learn more about previous Gruber lectures, visit the program’s webpage.