Giving Women 10th Annual Conference

“Mental Health is not just a first world problem: it is time to act for girls and women everywhere”

Geneva, 6 October 2022

Théâtre Les Salons
Rue Jean-François Bartholoni 6
1204 Geneva

(With run up online events on 29 September and 4 October)

 

After a two year break we are delighted to announce the 10th Giving Women Conference.

The Giving Women conference has become an important platform for convening UN organisations, Civil Society, NGOs, business, academia, and private individuals to INFORM, REFLECT and ACT on what we need to do to improve the lives of girls and women globally.

This year the focus of the Giving Women conference is mental health. Over the last two years of the Pandemic everyone has recognized how fragile our mental health is. Triggers such as loneliness, isolation, economic insecurity, domestic violence have seen the rise of people suffering with mental health issues globally. For girls and women in vulnerable communities, in conflict situations, in refugee camps, in forced migration, these are triggers they face daily with no recourse to support. In addition they have to face stigmatisation and isolation.

According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 85% of individuals living with mental health conditions in the developing world do not receive care due to due to lack of resources. In Africa, 66 million women are living with depression, and 85% have no access to treatment.

Most scientific studies show a close correlation between indicators of poverty and the risk of mental disorders, the most consistent association being with low levels of education — a common factor in low-income societies. Other factors such as the experience of insecurity and hopelessness, rapid social change and the risks of violence and physical ill-health also contribute to the greater vulnerability of the poor to common mental illnesses. 

World Health Organization

Join us to hear from researchers, practitioners, project leaders and people with lived experience to hear about the situation on the ground and about the successful programmes that are making the difference.  It is the moment to change the status quo.

 

There is no health without mental health!

PROGRAMME

SPEAKERS

Dr. Catherine Abbo

Dr. Catherine Abbo

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Makerere University, Uganda

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Dr. Catherine Abbo

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Makerere University, Uganda

By basic training, she qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1998 from Makerere University Faculty of Medicine. She also holds a Master of Medicine in Psychiatry degree from Makerere University and a PhD in Transcultural psychiatry from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Abbo completed her super specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital with certification from the College of Medicine of South Africa and completed her Mphil with a distinction in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from University of Cape Town in May 2017. She currently leads the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and mental health course in the Department of Psychiatry. Her current interests lie in developmental and preventive psychiatry and mental health, particularly in relation to prevention of mental disorders and building mental resilience in children and adolescents. In collaboration with University on Minnesota, she started an Infant mental Health Clinic in a Paediatric Unit in Mulago Hospital two years ago.

Prof Abbo has immense experience in developing training materials and training related to mental health aspects of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).  She is a national trainer of trainers for SGBV. She is involved in a number of mental health activities in the Mental Health Division of Ministry of Health as she is passionate about improving mental health services and therefore reducing the level of mental disabilities particularly in vulnerable populations throughout the country. From 2016 to 2018, she worked as Peter C Alderman Foundation visiting Expatriate Psychiatrist Village Health Works Kigutu, Burundi. She has published in peer review journals and as both main author/coauthor of various book chapters.

Roberto Beneduce

Roberto Beneduce

Associate Professor of Medical and Psychological Anthropology, University of Turin

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Roberto Beneduce

 

Mariana Bolivar

Mariana Bolivar

Grants and Programmes Manager, MQ Mental Health

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Mariana Bolivar

 

Ruby Castillia

Ruby Castillia

Co-Founder, WARMI Mental Health

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Ruby Castillia

 

Rabih El Chammay

Rabih El Chammay

National Mental Health Programme at the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon

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Rabih El Chammay

National Mental Health Programme at the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon

Dr. Rabih El Chammay is a psychiatrist and currently the head of the National Mental Health Programme at the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon. After founding the programme, he led the development and is currently overseeing the implementation of the first National Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy 2015-2020 aiming at reforming the Mental Health System in Lebanon towards community-based mental health services in line with Human rights and latest evidence that is currently under implementation. 

He has been working in Public mental health, Refugee mental health and health system strengthening for more than 15 years. He has been working on these topics in the MENA region as well as on the international level with various agencies such as WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, IMC and many other NGOs.

He is also, a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the faculty of Medicine at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Pamela Y Collins

Pamela Y Collins

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington

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Pamela Y Collins

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington

Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, is also the Executive Director of I-TECH and director of the UW Consortium of Global Health, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. She is a psychiatrist and mixed methods researcher with 25 years of experience in global public health and global mental health research, education, training and capacity-building, and science policy leadership. Prior to her current role she directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (USA). She has served the field in diverse leadership roles, most recently as a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, co-lead of the NIMH-PEPFAR initiative on mental health and HIV, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Mental Health, and the director of the RISING SUN initiative on suicide prevention in Arctic Indigenous communities.

Dr. Collins’s research has focused on social stigma related to mental illness and its relationship to HIV risk among women of color with severe mental illness; the intersections of mental health with HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and the mental health needs of diverse groups in the US, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently the Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi: a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in Nairobi, Kenya, part of a more comprehensive effort to meet the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Nairobi.

Rasa Dawson

Rasa Dawson

Chief development and communications officer Strongminds

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Rasa Dawson

Chief development and communications officer Strongminds

Rasa Dawson is an experienced campaign manager with a keen interest in empowering women in Africa. She brings to StrongMinds extensive experience in working with influential supporters, increasing constituency and elevating brand awareness, most recently at Oxfam America. Previously, she was Development Manager at Physicians for Social Responsibility. Rasa holds a Master’s of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a BA in International Development from Clark University. Rasa is a Cambridge native and currently resides in Richmond, VA with her husband, two children and German shepherd. When she is not working, Rasa enjoys cooking, hiking, travel and being at the beach in all seasons.

Julian Eaton

Julian Eaton

Assistant Professor Centre for Global Mental Health

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Julian Eaton

Assistant Professor Centre for Global Mental Health

Julian Eaton is the Mental Health Director for CBM Global Disability and Inclusion. He works with a team focused on improving access to care and support, and promoting the voice of people with psychosocial disabilities in low and middle income countries. He is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he is currently leading a number of research projects looking at strengthening community-based mental health care, reform of public mental health systems in Africa, and promoting greater participation in research. He leads the Mental Health Innovations Network at LSHTM, and is Chair of the Bond International NGO Mental Health Group. Julian trained as a psychiatrist in London where he now works, after living and working in West Africa between 2003 and 2017.

Franzisca Gamma

Franzisca Gamma

Founder, Les Toises

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Franzisca Gamma

Silvia Gavira

Silvia Gavira

Co-Founder, WARMI Mental Health

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Silvia Gavira

 

Dr Maji Hailemariam Debena

Dr Maji Hailemariam Debena

Assistant Professor Division of Public Health, Department of OBGYN and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University

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Dr Maji Hailemariam Debena

 

Sarah Jeffrey

Sarah Jeffrey

Head of Health, Vital Foundation

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Sarah Jeffrey

 

Sofyen Khalfaoui

Sofyen Khalfaoui

Programme Lead, Z Zurich Foundation

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Sofyen Khalfaoui

 

Joanna Lai

Joanna Lai

Programme Manager, UNICEF

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Joanna Lai

Programme Manager, UNICEF

Dr. Joanna Lai, DrPH, MPH, MS Ed. is a health specialist with UNICEF Headquarters where she serves as the health section technical focal point for school, adolescent, and mental health. Her work is focused on supporting national and sub national planning, delivery, and evaluation of health and counseling programs and services for children and adolescents through schools, digital platforms, and primary health care settings across LMICs.

Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad

Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad

Author, Co-Founder and Well-being Lead

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Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad

Author, Co-Founder and Well-being Lead

Frederique Lambrakis-Haddad (she/her) is a mental health therapist who has worked both in the US and UK for over 25 years with young people and adults. She is passionate about supporting youth and their families with their wellbeing and mental health in a practical, flexible and constructive manner. Frederique has recently written a book (Pavilion Publishing) called: ‘Trauma and Teens: A Trauma Informed Guide and Toolbox towards Well-being in Homes and Schools.’ This book and her entire profession wholeheartedly advocates for parents/carers and schools to work hand in hand to pragmatically support our youth. Frederique is also a co-founder of the UK registered charity, “Flourish Mentors” helping the well-being of young women (including non-binary) aged 16-25 years in Brighton and Hove.

Raj Mariwala

Raj Mariwala

Director, Mariwala Health Initiative

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Raj Mariwala

Director, Mariwala Health Initiative

Raj Mariwala is the Director of the Mariwala Health Initiativ,  an advocacy, capacity building and grant-making organisation in India that focuses on mental health of marginalised communities. Currently, Raj serves on the advisory boards of the Lancet Commission on Stigma and Discrimination and Parcham, nonprofit that works with young marginalised women on human rights, equity and social justice.

Gaia Montauti

Gaia Montauti

Managing Director, Fondation D’Harcourt

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Gaia Montauti

Managing director, Fondation d’Harcourt, Geneva, Switzerland

Gaia has been personally involved in her family Foundation since young age, initially as a member of the Board and since 2014 as Managing Director.

Prior to her involvement in Fondation d’Harcourt, Gaia acquired experience in the relief and development sector with several NGOs such as Human rights Watch UK, Terre des Hommes, and Geneva Call. She also gained some experience in the private sector in New York.

Gaia has dedicated herself to the cause of mental health and psychosocial support. She currently represents the Foundation in public events/philanthropy forums continuing to meet potential partners to collaborate with and to travel to all the countries where the Foundation support its project.

Gaia holds a Master’s degree in International and European Law and a Bachelor Degree in Swiss law, both awarded by the University of Geneva. Gaia speaks fluently French, English, Italian and Spanish and plays an active role in Nexus Geneva.

Atalanti Moquette

Atalanti Moquette

Founder, Giving Women

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Atalanti Moquette

Founder, Giving Women

Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette received a BA Hons. in Philosophy and Ancient Greek at King’s College London. She continued her postgraduate studies in Art History at the University of Toronto. Atalanit’s passions include education, art, philanthropy and women’s rights. She started her career on the specialist side of Sotheby’s and has worked on education policy in Toronto and Geneva.

Her involvement in the field of philanthropy follows a family tradition that began at the grassroots level, running a life skills programme in a shelter for battered women. In 2009 Atalanti founded Giving Women, a network of diverse but like-minded women who pool their professional skills and experience to provide advice to strengthen projects directed at vulnerable girls and women globally. Her interest in social impact investing started when she and her daughter, Elianna, established Step Up, to advise start-up social businesses and banks on questions of social impact and responsible investing. As a philanthropist Atalanti has held positions on various boards:

  • Vice –President of the board of the International School of Geneva
  • Vice – President of the board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation
  • Founding member of the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch, Geneva,
  • Member of the executive Committee of the Fondation Philanthropique Orthodoxe
Natasha Muller

Natasha Muller

Founder, Future mental Health Collective

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Natasha Muller

Founder, Future mental Health Collective

Natasha is an active impact investor with a focus on health, climate/food systems and gender. She is also a philanthropist and mental health activist. She founded NM Impact, through which she supports a global ecosystem of local change-makers, and Kokoro which champions mental health as the foundation for a safer, kinder and more productive world. Natasha is a UNICEF NextGen Global Principal, a trustee for United for Global Mental Health and Philanthropy Impact, and is on various advisory committees and boards, including The Valuable 500, the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, the Empower initiative with HMS, and Maanch. Natasha holds a BA in Geography, an MSC in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS University, and is an alumna of the Impact Investing for the Next Generation course at Harvard Kennedy School. Outside of her work, she used to be a competitive equestrian show jumper and is currently an avid weightlifter, sports enthusiast and contemporary art collector.

Joy Morzov

Joy Morzov

Responsible for partnerships at Enableme.org

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Joy Morzov

Responsible for partnerships at Enableme.org

Joy Morozov is an international practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in working at for-profits and in nonprofits.  In 2015, Joy decided to transfer her skills from working for international companies such as The Economist Group & Financial Times to do social good. She took on the role of Senior Manager International Partnerships at Light for the World, an international non-profit development organisation which strives to unlock the potential of people with disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2021, Joy joined EnableMe Foundation, a charitable foundation registered in Switzerland to forge partnerships with like-minded organisations who want to positively impact the lives of people with all disabilities including mental health.

Tina Ntulo

Tina Ntulo

Country Director, Strongminds, Uganda

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Tina Ntulo

 

Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa Ojeifo

Founder, She Writes Woman

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Hauwa Ojeifo

Founder, She Writes Woman

Hauwa Ojeifo publicly identifies as a person who lives with a mental health condition and psychosocial disability. Popularly tagged as the voice and face of mental health in Nigeria, Hauwa has received numerous local and international honours and recognition.

She is the Executive Director at She Writes Woman (SWW); an award-winning movement that gives mental health a voice in Nigeria. She is the creator of Safe Place Nigeria – a digital community for mental health-conscious Nigerians to access tools, resources (24/7 toll-free helpline), professionals (counsellors and therapists) and a community to ensure a mentally healthy society. As a sexual violence survivor, she is giving mental health and sexual violence a voice; taking back the existing misinformed narrative and normalising mental health conversations in Nigeria.

Hauwa holds an MSc in Investment Banking & Islamic Finance from Henley Business School, University of Reading, England and has a career that spans 6 industries including health, finance, fashion, event planning, retail services and digital marketing. She is a certified integrative mental health coach who uses her psychosocial disability to advocate for people like herself across Nigeria and beyond.

Hauwa is a recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders award 2018 by the Royal Commonwealth Society, Cambridge University and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. She was selected as a One Young World Ambassador and AstraZeneca Young Health Programme scholar. She was also shortlisted as one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women 2018 by Leading Ladies Africa as well as Avance Media’s Top 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians for two consecutive years. Hauwa is the first African to bag the MTV Europe Music Generation Change Award in 2018 and was also honoured as an Obama Africa Leader in 2019.

In February of 2020, she became the first person with a mental health condition to testify in that capacity before the Nigerian National Assembly on the rights of persons with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities under the tenets of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Her testimony ensured that the bill affecting about 40 to 60 million Nigerians was stepped down for reconsideration.

Hauwa is a Mandela Washington Fellowship Awardee for 2020. In September 2020, she received the 2020 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Global Goals Changemaker Award.

Megan Paterson Brown

Megan Paterson Brown

Adjunct Faculty Member at Webster University

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Megan Paterson Brown

Adjunct Faculty Member at Webster University

Megan Paterson-Brown, MA, CMHC. MFT Psychotherapist; Adjunct teaching faculty at Webster University, Psychology & Counseling Department.

With a specialized interest in the study of Eastern Traditions and Psychotherapy, Megan’s background in community therapy started in Berkeley, CA in 1994 and continued in Community Mental Health in Altamonte Springs, FL and Seattle, WA, where she also worked as an evaluator in the WA court system and on staff at Hall Health Mental Health Clinic at the University of Washington.

Active in diverse private practices over the years, Megan has been teaching at Webster University in Geneva since 2001 in the graduate and undergraduate psychology & counseling programs. She is also engaged in facilitating informal creative arts therapies and Integrative Community Therapy support groups with local immigrant and refugee populations in Geneva via the Bateau de Genève. Megan lives in Vesenaz/ Genève with her Scottish husband Willy, & their son (15) Finlay Gray.

Kamala Poudel (TBC)

Kamala Poudel (TBC)

Programme Officer, KOSHISH

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Kamala Poudel

 

Amisa Rashid

Amisa Rashid

Founder, Nivishe

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Amisa Rashid

 

Luciana Rossi Barrancos

Luciana Rossi Barrancos

General Executive Manager, Instituto Cactus

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Luciana Rossi Barrancos

General Executive Manager, Instituto Cactus

Luciana Barrancos is the General Manager of Instituto Cactus, a philanthropic, nonprofit organization that works independently to broaden the debate and care for the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of mental health in Brazil. Luciana holds bachelors’ degrees in Business Administration and Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Shantha Rau Barriga

Shantha Rau Barriga

Director, Disability Rights Division, HRW

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Shantha Rau Barriga

 

Taban Shoresh

Taban Shoresh

Founder and CEO, Lotus Flower

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Taban Shoresh

 

Charlene Sunkel

Charlene Sunkel

Founder/ CEO- Global Mental Health Peer Network

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Charlene Sunkel

Founder/ CEO- Global Mental Health Peer Network

Ms Charlene Sunkel is the Founder/ CEO of the Global Mental Health Peer Network (www.gmhpn.org), an international lived experience organisation that focuses on empowerment, leadership and advocacy, with its Global Office based in South Africa. Her career as a global mental health and human rights advocate emerged from her own lived experience of schizophrenia and her determination to create a world where all people with mental health conditions are able to thrive, not just survive. She has published internationally on issues related to mental health and human rights, stigma and the needs of people with mental health conditions in low- and middle-income countries. Ms Sunkel has been involved in provided lived experience expertise and technical assistance to national and international mental health related policies, reports and documents. She serves on a number of international boards and committees, and received a number of national and international awards for her work, including the latest Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health.

Ruth Szabo

Ruth Szabo

Chairwoman, Giving Women

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Ruth Szabo

Chairwoman, Giving Women

Ruth Szabo has been working with international not-for-profit organisations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, for 16 years.  She is a lawyer currently working as an independent consultant advising on governance and human resources issues. She has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives, including with a Children’s Foundation in the Philippines.

Ruth joined Giving Women in 2011 and is coordinator of the Veerni Project Circle. She has also participated in other project circles and Giving Women events. Ruth holds a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Southampton and a Masters in International Law from University College London (United Kingdom). Ruth was born in Iraq and grew up in London. She has also lived in Paris, New York and in Switzerland.

Pieter Ventevogel (TBC)

Pieter Ventevogel (TBC)

Snr Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Officer, UNHCR

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Pieter Ventevogel

 

Inka Weissebecker

Inka Weissebecker

Mental Health Technical Officer at World Health Organization

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Inka Weissebecker