Dr. Anita Raj
Tata Chancellor Professor of Medicine and the Director of UC San Diego's Center on Gender Equity and Health in the Department of Medicine
October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC)
This presentation will offer findings from qualitative and quantitative research on the effects of parent-child relationship, family violence and girls voice and choice on early marriage of girls across national settings. Implications for local to national policies and programs will be discussed.
Anita Raj is a Tata Chancellor Professor of Society and Health. She is a Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Education Studies and the Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH). Her research, including both epidemiologic and intervention studies, focuses on sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and gender inequalities including gender-based violence. She has also conducted research on gender disparities in retention and advancement in academic medicine. Dr. Raj has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and her work has been featured in major media outlets in the US, the UK and in India. She has served as an advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on the issue of child marriage. Currently, she is helping spearhead an upcoming Lancet series on Gender Equality and Health, where she is analyzing gender inequalities in health systems.