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2019 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights

Dr. Natalia Kanem delivered the Spring 2019 Distinguished Lecture on Women’s Rights, March 4, 2019 at Yale Law School. In her lecture, “Transforming our Future:  Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for all,” she discussed women’s and girls’ empowerment, health, well-being and rights under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Dr. Kanem is Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. A Panamanian national, she 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, working on reproductive health and sexuality, 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.

Dr. Kanem holds an MD from Columbia University, an MPH from the University of Washington and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.


 Information on the Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Justice and Women's Rights is available here.