World Day of Social Justice

“Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” -United Nations, WDSJ webpage (1)

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that February 20th be celebrated annually as World Day of Social Justice. A product of rising globalization, World Day of Social Justice encourages nations to devote the day towards the eradication of poverty, inequity, exclusion, and unemployment. While we know these goals cannot be achieved in a day, World Day of Social Justice provides us with a chance to look around our community, locally and globally, with extra purpose and passion. GlobeMed at Tufts and PHASE Nepal share a drive to collaborate and eliminate global health inequity, and we find inspiration in the action taken by the international community in support of global health equity. February 20th has become a day to rally, to dream, to energize, to learn, to grow, and to come together. Especially in the current national climate, it is increasingly important every single day to take action and to create hope.

This February 23rd, GlobeMed at Tufts will be hosting a film screening of Vessel, an award-winning documentary following the work of Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves. Dr. Gomperts, a Dutch physician, activist, and artist, made it her life’s work to end the health risks associated with illegal abortions. Dr. Gomperts and her organization work on a ship-turned-clinic that sails to areas where women cannot access legal and safe abortion. Once in international waters, Dr. Gomperts and her crew are trained and authorized to administer abortions and provide contraceptives. They also train local women to administer safe abortions using non-surgical WHO-researched protocols. Through a network of empowerment, Women on Waves has given countless women access to safe abortions, birth control, and invaluable knowledge.

We find this documentary especially relevant after the reenactment of the U.S. Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag. First enacted by President Reagan and most recently reenacted by President Trump, this policy blocks federal funding to NGOs that provide abortion services or counseling as well as those that advocate for the decriminalization or expansion of abortion services.

GlobeMed at Tufts is devoted to social justice, nationally and abroad, and aims to emphasize the importance of self-education and community discussion. Please join us on February 23rd at 6 PM in Tisch 304 for a free screening of Vessel with snacks, discussion, and good company! We hope to foster an open dialogue about the film and World Day of Social Justice, so all thoughts, feelings, and opinions are welcome.

Vessel trailer:

Women on Waves website:


What does every human deserve?

It’s a simple question with some very complex answers. Our mission is to inspire people to turn these answers into solutions. Come to our advocacy event co-sponsored by Tufts Engineers without Borders for a panel of global health experts who have worked with organizations like GlobeMed, Partners in Health, The Millennium Campus Network, and Nyaya Health.

Join us this Friday at 4:30pm in Robinson 253 to learn about how to turn our ideas about the basic and not so basic things every human deserves into action.

Snowtop: The Boston Network

snowtopThis past Saturday was a very exciting day for all the GlobeMedders around Boston. Events such as Summit bring all GlobeMed chapters across the nation together, while Hilltop brings together chapters from the same region. Fortunately, Boston is the one city that has the most number of chapters within close vicinity, so why not use this to our advantage? This was what Internal Co-President of Northeastern Maya Stawnychy thought, and as a result she coordinated the first ever “Snowtop”, a mini Hilltop for GlobeMed chapters from the Boston area. Students from BC, Tufts, Brown, MIT, Northeastern, and many other schools were present at this event. The schedule for the day started off with a mini pizza party to socialize and network with others, followed by a viewing of a TED talk video Anonymous Extraordinaries, an inspiring story of Natalie Warne and the effect Invisible Children had on her. Next we divided into E-board positions to discuss the successes and difficulties of each group. Last but most definitely not the least was the panel discussion featuring Millennium Campus Network’s Executive Director and Co-founder, Sam Vaghar, and Jon Shaffer, Community Engagement Coordinator at Partners in Health and former Executive Director of GlobeMed. Many important topics that were brought up during this hour included networking, self-evaluation, sustainability, etc. Sam Vaghar claimed that GlobeMed was one of the best, if not the best model for a sustainable effective student organization. The key point of the panel was to emphasize the fact that we are all one big connected network, and instead of competing against each other it is our duty to work together to create a strong foundation and increase the momentum for sustainable changes. Activism at its greatest is local and personal, and this is what networks are all about. Us GlobeMedders at Tufts are fortunate to have such a great network in the Boston area, and we hope that we can continue to have Snowtops in the future to keep this connection strong.