Join The Hastings Center for an evening lecture and discussion with Ruth Macklin, the world-renowned philosopher at Albert Einstein School of Medicine who has worked with non-governmental organizations, government agencies and change agents all around the world to advance women's rights to health and safety.
Recently the United Nations issued a report documenting "alarmingly high levels of violence" against women in many countries globally despite gains in some areas like education, health and even political power. Dr. Macklin takes on this paradox.
In her lecture she will explore the ways in which rights related to women's health are respected and protected in some parts of the world while barely being recognized in other places. Although advocates for women's rights have traditionally focused on women's reproductive rights, their agenda has broadened to include gender-based violence and traditional customs that threaten women's health and safety. The United States presents a mixed picture, with considerable variations at the state and local levels.
Dr. Ruth Macklin is considered one of the founders of the field of bioethics. In a career dating to the early seventies, Dr. Macklin has lectured and published widely on a variety of medical ethics topics, including research using human subjects, global health, stem cell research, reproductive health, public health ethics, end-of-life issues and HIV/AIDS. She is a past president of the International Association of Bioethics and currently serves on its board of directors.
Dr. Macklin is the author or editor of eleven books and has served on committees of the World Health Organization, including its vaccine advisory committee. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Science. From 2005 to 2008, she served as chair of the external ethics committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She currently co-directs an NIH Fogarty International Center Training Program on research ethics, which takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in the Bronx. In 2002, she received the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions and significant publications in bioethics and humanities.
Mildred Z. Solomon
Mildred Solomon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center. In addition, she is Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Medical Ethics, a program aimed at building the bioethics capacity of Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In addition to Fellows from the United States, her program has trained bioethicists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and Iceland.