Jacqueline Pitanguy

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Jacqueline Pitanguy, a sociologist and political scientist, is the Founder and Director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (CEPIA), a non-governmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro. At CEPIA Ms. Pitanguy coordinates research on gender issues and facilitates advocacy and educational programs relating to violence against women and reproductive health. She has been a Professor at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro and at Rutgers University, where she held the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies from 1991-92. She held a cabinet position as President of the National Council for Women’s Rights (1986-89), designing and implementing public policies to improve women’s condition in Brazil.

Ms. Pitanguy serves on a number of international boards, including the Inter-American Dialogue, the Institute for Education of UNESCO, the Society for International Development, the Global Fund for Women, and the International Human Rights Council, headed by former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center. She has published extensively and serves on the editorial boards of Harvard University's Health and Human Rights Review, Sao Paulo's Council of Medicine Review, and UNICEF's International Review of Education. Her work "Women's Citizenship and Human Rights: The Case of Brazil" was included in A Diplomacy of the Oppressed (1995).

Ms. Pitanguy speaks widely in national and international fora on reproductive health and gender issues. She is a recipient of the Medal of Rio Branco, the highest decoration of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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