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Gretchen Roedde has worked as a public health doctor for the past 25 years in the developing world, specializing in mother and child health and HIV/AIDS. She has worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Ghana and Papua New Guinea to assess and promote progress in maternal health. Dr. Roedde lives in Haileybury, Ontario.
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. www.joinmeonthebridge.org
Since 1993, Women for Women international has helped nearly 300,000 women in war torn countries. www.womenforwomen.org.uk
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.
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.
North East Women’s Health Alliance
Dr. Gretchen Roedde
Friday, March 8th 10:00 a.m.
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.
North East Women’s Health Alliance (NEWHA)
Mission: NEWHA will work collaboratively on issues pertaining to women’s health and wellness in the Nipissing region with a focus on the social determinants of health.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Roedde presentation
11:00 – 11:20
Q & A for Dr. Roedde
Copies of Dr. Roedde’s book will be for sale before and after her presentation.
11:30 – noon
Travel time for Join me on the Bridge
Join me on the Bridge will take place on the West Ferris Overpass. Corner of Lakeshore and Judge
Parking available at Lee Park
Follow Brenda Q if walking
Noon – 12:30
Join me on the Bridge
Peaceful public gathering in recognition of International Women’s Day.
MEET DR. GRETCHEN ROEDDE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH
258A Elgin Street, Ottawa ON
Interactive discussion and book signing
with Charlie Angus MP & Mariah Griffi n
For more information contact the store at
www.perfectbooks.ca | (613) 231-6468
Dr. Gretchen Roedde tells the stories
of the hopes of village women in the
developing world struggling to give birth
A Doctor’s Quest analyzes the slow
progress in global maternal health,
contrasting the affl uence of the few
with the precarious plight of the world’s