On Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Manzulli Boardroom of Wagner College’s Foundation Hall, the public is invited to a program entitled “Voices of Women: Songs and Stories of Women Across the World.” The program will include eight speakers on subjects related to women, girls and health, especially in Africa. It is sponsored by Wagner College Project PAC, an umbrella for all of the global and community outreach work sponsored by Wagner College’s physician assistant studies program.
Six of the presenters at the July 30 program are participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Wagner College, consisting of 25 young African leaders from 20 sub-Saharan countries who are studying community and nonprofit organizations. The Wagner College cohort is part of President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which has placed 500 men and women in programs at 20 colleges and universities across America this summer.
The other two presenters are associated with Wagner’s P.A. program: one is a graduate student, while the other is an alumna.
The evening’s program will include the following presentations:
- “Nigerian Mothers and Childbirth” — Chinomnso Ibe, Traffina Foundation
- “Repercussions of War on Women” (Kosovo) — Fatbardha Shala, Wagner College graduate student
- “Plight of Women in Central America” — Karoline Escobedo, Wagner College alumna
- “Toll of Cancer on Women” (Nigeria) — Rukayya Nasir, Project Pink Blue
- “Challenges of Women With Sickle Cell” (Togo) — Amenuveve E.A. Kudzu, United Against Sickle Cell
- “The Effect of Ebola on Liberian Women” — Joyce Laykah Kilikpo, Public Health Initiative Liberia
- “Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea” — Aissatou Diallo, Aide et Action
- The Spoken Word: “Seventeen” (Malawi) — Tadala Thembakako, Girls With a Vision Association
The evening will conclude with a sing-along of “Heal The World” led by the Wagner College Mandela Washington Fellows.