Be a Warrior Too
As women worldwide celebrated their remarkable accomplishments as part of International Women’s Day on March 8, I thought it appropriate to acknowledge just a few of the incredible warriors for women’s health that BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation is proud to support.
In our second article Respect in the Maternity Ward you will meet Dr. Saraswathi Vedam, associate professor in the Midwifery program at the University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine. A renowned advocate and leader in researching maternity care experiences to determine the adherence to, and violations of, respectful maternity care in Canada she examines how it impacts pregnancy, birth and postpartum outcomes.
Another warrior for women’s health we’re honoured to partner with is Dr. Lori Brotto, executive director, Women’s Health Research Institute, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC, and Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. In A Warrior for Research we’ll introduce you to some of the little-known but worthy projects WHRI is undertaking.
In Reforming a Colonial System we’re pleased to shine a spotlight on Dr. Sheona Mitchell- Foster, practicing Ob/Gyn and assistant professor with UBC’s Northern Medical Program, based in Prince George, B.C. Mitchell-Foster’s cutting-edge work highlights the importance of HPV self-collection for cervical cancer prevention and the reproductive health of marginalized and vulnerable populations.
It is indeed a privilege for BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation to align with these brilliant, innovative, and relentless warriors for women’s health. I am incredibly proud that our foundation is funding work that is having positive impacts both here in BC and globally.
As we take time to reflect on these remarkable and ongoing achievements in association with International Women’s Day, I would like to please ask that you lend your passion to ours by donating to BC Women’s Hospital Foundation. Together, we can help fund even more of the necessary research, purchase life-saving equipment, provide valuable educational resources and fuel the advocacy needed to help turn the tide on women’s and newborns’ health.
The next significant medical breakthrough could happen as a result of your generosity, all we need is you. Please know that when you partner with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, you truly are making a difference on behalf of the women and newborns you love.
Genesa M. Greening, CFRE
President + CEO, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre Foundation