– AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area - To assist and support all persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through eduction, awareness and outreach strategies.

March 8th – International Women's Day

February 20th, 2013 at 11:53 am

For International Women’s day there are two great events  being hosted by NEWHA (North East Women’s Health Alliance) which I am proud to chair.

1. Join me on the Bridge is the biggest women’s rights campaign in the world today.  What started as a gathering of Rwandan and Congolese women on a bridge connecting their two countries, showing that women can build bridges of peace and hope for the future, has sparked what is today a massive global movement.

Join us for North Bay’s first annual Join me on the Bridge event, on the West Ferris Overpass.  A peaceful public gathering. We are with you, standing in unity to show that women can build bridges of peace.

Event takes place Friday, March 8th at noon on the West Ferris Overpass

2. At 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 8th Dr. Gretchen Roedde will be speaking at St. Andrews United Church

Dr. Gretchen Roedde has worked in 30 poor countries around the world, in Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and the Caribbean.  She trained at the University of Toronto and McMaster University Medical School. She teaches at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and formerly at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England.

Her specialty is the health of pregnant women. Women who are physically or emotionally abused are more likely to have no care in pregnancy and childbirth and are more likely to die when they are pregnant or have given birth. Her work in the poorest countries of the world, where the deaths of women are the highest, has been supported by various governments such as Canada, Australia, Luxemburg, Denmark, and the Irish government, as well as the United Nations and the World Bank. Dr. Roedde has also worked with Non-Governmental Organizations such as World Vision, Rotary, and Planned Parenthood. She is a practising Roman Catholic and the mother of 2 grown children.

Her book, ‘A Doctor’s Quest’ was No. 6 on the Canadian non-fiction best seller list in the Globe and Mail one week before it was published Sept. 8 2012, and went into a second print after 1 week. It has been profiled in the Toronto Star in October and was the subject of an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen in December. All of the author’s proceeds are going back into mother and child health and to combat HIV/AIDS. Join us as we celebrate with her, bridges of peace and hope created by women she has encountered.

Event takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 8th at St. Andrews United Church


Women are building bridges of peace, equality and hope for our future.

Women are peace builders and it is time to give them an equal say in the type of world they want to see, and the responsibility and authority to make this happen.

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