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Nursing Hosts International Scholar

Written by Beth Branchaw, College of Nursing
February 10, 2011

Seattle University’s College of Nursing kicks off its inaugural Dean’s Lecture in Nursing Leadership on Feb. 24 with internationally recognized scholar Afaf Meleis. Her presentation, “On Globalization and Urbanization and the Risks to Women and the Girl-child,” will shed light on the risks to women and children in developing countries.  

Wars, natural disasters, new epidemics, re-emerging infections, democratization and globalization affect more profoundly the  populations who are most vulnerable and put them at an even higher risk of

Afaf Meleis will speak at an event hosted by the College of Nursing on Feb. 24. 
vulnerability. Girls and women are among the highest demographic in the group because of poverty, gender divide, education, work and health systems and policies that are prejudicial, stereotypical and discriminatory. Models of care used for women’s health have tended to neglect the socio-cultural context and the structural constraints which profoundly influence women’s responses and experiences, as well as drive their health care needs and interventions. 

 Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. (AfafMeleis_bio to read a short bio.) She draws on her educational experiences and on many years of research about women, their roles and their health, in the United States of America, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as on her clinical experiences with patients and families who lived and responded to colonization, social injustices, gender inequities, classism, and disempowerment. She will discuss the global risks that women face which makes the world unsafe for them and will also outline some global strategies used to make the world a safer place for women and girls.   

The event, which is free and open to the general public, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Pigott Auditorium. To RSVP or to find out more information about upcoming SU nursing events, e-mail