Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series | Counting women beyond survival: Global reproductive governance, health inequalities, and post-abortion care in Senegal

12-1 pm

PSTC Seminar Room in Mencoff Hall

Siri Suh, Assistant Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies, University of Minnesota

Suh will discuss her research on the politics of USAID-funded post-abortion care services in Senegal that focus on unpacking gender inequalities. Specifically, her work explores how U.S. anti-abortion family planning funding directives and global health policies that prioritize maternal health have entrenched reproductive health disparities in countries like Senegal.

Suh's research bridges the fields of global maternal and reproductive health, population and development studies, and feminist and post-colonial studies of technology, science, and medicine.  She received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and MPH from Columbia University and her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.  Suh’s research has been funded by the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  She has conducted research on maternal and reproductive health with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Guttmacher Institute. Her current research explores how transnational abortion politics shape the provision and evaluation of emergency obstetric care in Senegal, where the law forbids abortion under any circumstance and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the primary bilateral donor of reproductive health aid. In the fall of 2018, Professor Suh will join the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University.

Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment Series: How do different approaches to gender inequality and empowerment engage structural and individual power relationships and inform efforts to transform hierarchical gender systems? How are gender inequalities intertwined with other inequalities and connected to local and global politics? This interdisciplinary series tackles the (re)production of gender inequalities within a variety of areas, including health, violence, and economic empowerment.