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AUB’s GHI engages with national and global partners for health and women empowerment
10/3/2017
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The Global Health Institute (GHI) at AUB is partnering with national and regional organizations in “Pedal for Peace,” an initiative to promote women empowerment, peace, and health as a global diplomacy tool. More than 120 women from different countries around the world will be cycling across all regions in Lebanon starting September 30 through October 8, 2017.

The event was launched at AUB with a press conference hosted by GHI on September 29, 2017. Joining the founding director of GHI, Dr. Shadi Saleh, at the press conference, was President of the Makhzoumki Foundation Fouad Makhzoumi, Founder of UK-based charity Follow the Women Detta Regan, President of the Chamber of Commerce in Tripoli and North Lebanon Toufic Dabboussi, and Founder of Beirut by Bike Jawad Sbeity.  

“We are taking part in this event to empower women and emphasize the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices in preventing obesity-related diseases” said Dr. Saleh at the press conference. 

The Pedal for Peace event is one of several activities during Obesity Prevention Month, organized by GHI’s Nutrition, Obesity, and Related Diseases program (NORD). The activities will culminate in a Symposium on “Preventing Obesity in the Middle East and North Africa Region,” which will take place at AUB on October 11, 2017.

Pedal for Peace is the latest initiative established by Follow the Women, an international organization comprised of more than 500 women from 40 different countries who support peace in the Middle East. The organization was founded in 2002 by Detta Regan, European Woman of the Year (2001) and recipient of the International Woman of Europe Award (2002). 

First of its type in the Middle East and North Africa region, GHI aims to address emerging challenges that are affecting the region but have relevance to and impact on other regions in the Global South. GHI fosters interdisciplinary dialogue, engaged capacity building, committed service, innovative research, and strategic partnerships to enhance health in local communities as well as globally. 
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  • ​​The Global Health Institute (GHI) at AUB is partnering with national and regional organizations in “Pedal for Peace,” an initiative to promote women empowerment, peace, and health as a global diplomacy tool. 
  • More than 120 women from different countries around the world will be cycling across all regions in Lebanon starting September 30 through October 8, 2017.
 
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