Empowering Women and Girls: Global Strategies for Crossing Multi-Generational & Cultural Barriers

On Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 3:00 - 4:15 PM

August 23, 2018
UN Headquarters NY, Conference Room #5

Global strategies designed to empower women and girls must be multi-generational in design and capable of crossing multi-cultural barriers. This workshop presents evidence-based, cost effective, environmentally safe and mobilizing innovations. Dynamic, yet practical, solutions targeting vulnerable populations utilizing available resources and technologies will be highlighted.



Patricia Sayers, DNP RN – Dr. Sayers is the elected CICIAMS UN DPI / ECOSOC / UNICEF Representative. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey with foci in Leadership & Policy. Currently Patricia is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Rutgers, School of Nursing – Camden.


Rebecca Oas, PhD – Associate Director of Research C-Fam for the Center for Family and Human Rights(C-Fam),Washington, D.C. Rebecca earned her doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University. She has written for Human Life International as a Fellow of HLI America. Rebecca will present “Advancing the health and empowerment of women and girls by using the rightmetrics”. Affiliation: UN/NGO/C-FAM

Marian Nowak, DNP, RN, MPH, CSN, PN, FAAN – Dr. Nowak is an Associate Professor at the College of Saint Elizabeth. She serves as CICIAMS Pan American President, and is a UN delegate for CICIAMS. Dr. Nowak has been involved in many international outreach efforts. Dr. Nowak will present information on community assessment strategies and examples of programs that have been effective in family planning of multiple generations. Affiliation: CICIAMS UN/DPI/ECOSOC/NGO

Maria Arvonio, MA, RN – Maria is a Nurse Bioethicist who serves as a UN NGO Delegate for CICIAMS. In addition, Maria is the National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA Lower NE Regional Representative. For more than two decades, Maria has been employed as a nursing supervisor at a Catholic hospital. She has attained a Masters in Healthcare Ethics from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa. and authored articles and workshops on Catholic Nursing Ethics. During this presentation, Maria will share information from experts on Global Fertility Health Awareness obtained from 1) Auggy Cedumona Ndlovukazi Midwife, RN; Nursing Supervisor Catholic Hospital Swaziland, Africa; President of CICIAMS’s Committee on the Family; 2) Sister Cecelia Adache OSF, RN/RM/RPHNO/BNSC/MPH/FCPI Hospital Administrator Catholic Hospital Nigeria, Africa Fertility Care Practitioner Intern & a member of Fertility Care Centers of Africa; 3) Anne Wawire, PhD, RN Moi University, School of Nursing, Kenya, CICIAMS President Committee of Midwives, and 4) Mary Lee Barron PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP;NACN-USA President Elect and expert on Fertility Awareness. There may also be an opportunity for a live SKYPE interview(s) with these experts. Affiliation: CICIAMS UN/DPI/ ECOSOC


Q&A Leaders:

Marylee Meehan, CICIAMS – President Emeritus, The International Catholic Committee of Nurses & Medico-Social Assistants. Marylee was appointed to the Pontifical Council of Health Care Workers by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior, Marylee served as the CICIAMS UN Representative & Past President, National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA.

Nancy Cresse DNP, MSN, RN, APN – BC Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, School of Nursing – Camden. Adult & Aged Nurse Practitioner. Nancy has served as a CICIAMS Task Force Leader & is currently on the NACN-USA Hosting Proposal Committee for the 2022 CICIAMS XXI World Congress.



International Catholic Committee of Nurses & Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS)
National Association of Catholic Nurses – USA (NACN-USA)
C-Fam (Center for Family and Human Rights)
College of Saint Elizabeth,
Rutgers, School of Nursing – Camden