Lecture at USC on 2/20: Ideals & Pragmatism in Global Sexual & Reproductive Health
Thursday—Ideals & Pragmatism in the Global Sexual & Reproductive Health Field: Can They Coexist?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Franklin Room Suite
Tutor Campus Center Room 350
University Park Campus
University of Southern California
President & CEO
Pathfinder International is a non-profit working to ensure people everywhere have the rights and opportunities to live healthy sexual and reproductive lives.
Prior to becoming Pathfinder’s president and CEO, Purnima Mane spent much of her career in the United Nations, with roles including Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund and several leadership positions at UNAIDS and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria.
At Pathfinder, Mane and her staff face challenges such as sensitivities around sexual and reproductive health, changing donor priorities, precarious funding and the difficult socio-cultural and political contexts in which the organization works. Through it
all, she maintains that idealism and pragmatism need to—and do—co-exist. Her talk will give examples of how Pathfinder navigates these tensions when the two notions collide and the challenges that remain.