The Daughters for Life Delegates Return to Gaza after successful participation in the 2013 EPIIC symposium at Tufts University in the United States.

Four women delegates returned to Gaza after successfully participating in The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium on Global Health. The event was held at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, from February 19-25, 2013.

The delegation was made up of Asmaa Abumuamar, Saja Abu Sultan, Majd AlWahaidi and Deema ElSousi.

The delegates attended panels and workshops related to the topic of global health and security. They engaged in discussions and activities with fellow delegates from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore and South Korea, along with cadets from various US military academies. Their special contribution was a presentation on a health issue in Gaza.

The international symposium is a five-day annual public forum which brings together students from all over the world to engage with one another, with Tufts students, and with leading international experts to learn more about health issues in each delegation’s country.

The program is not just academic but, rather, a cross-culture exchange and learning experience for those eager to know more about the world around them. It features scores of international practitioners, academics, public intellectuals, activists, and journalists in an intensive, multifaceted, multidisciplinary probe into historical, scientific, socio-economic, political, philosophical and ethical dimensions of the essential challenges and dilemmas of global health. In exploring the critical questions that shape the future of the world, of societies, and of the human species, the symposium examined the intersections of health, security and human rights in the broadest sense.

The delegation was part of the Daughters for Life Foundation Fellowship Program, which is also collaboratively supported with the Tufts Initiative for Leadership and International Perspective Program (TILIP).