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Hepburn Fellows Eyakuze, Wood to lead forum
on women's reproductive health at home and abroad

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Fellows Cynthia Eyakuze-Di Domenico '94 and Susan Wood will be the featured speakers at a public forum on women's reproductive health on Friday, April 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Haffner's Dorothy Vernon Room. A discussion facilitated by a panel of Bryn Mawr students will follow talks by the two Hepburn Fellows.

Susan Wood started her career as a lab-based neuroscientist, after earning her Ph.D.from Boston University in biology. She shifted careers in 1990 when she took a position at the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, where she helped develop and promote the Women’s Health Equity Act. Since that time, her work has focused on advocacy for women’s health issues, particularly reproductive rights. She resigned her position as Director of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health in 2005 in protest against the FDA’s continued delay in approving Plan B, the emergency over-the-counter contraceptive. She currently is a research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Cynthia Eyakuze-Di Domenico '94 earned an M.P.H at Columbia. After working at the Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Center for Reproductive Rights, she worked in the Francophone Africa Program at Family Care International (FCI), starting as program officer and ending as program director. FCI works to ensure that women and adolescents have access to lifesaving services and information to improve their health, experience safe pregnancy and childbirth, and avoid unwanted pregnancy and HIV infection. In October 2007, Eyakuze-Di Domenico joined the Open Society Institute as Director of the Public Health Watch Project, which works to develop, implement, and monitor TB and HIV policies.

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Posted 4/3/2008 by Claudia Ginanni