Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health

Date: 2017-05-04
Time: Keynote: May 4 2017, 7 - 8:30pm, Symposium: May 5 20176y\t , 8am - 5pm
Location: JRR Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Cirlce
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There is growing recognition of the need to advance the social determinants of health as a question of human rights and social justice. But what do human rights norms, strategies, and actors offer in advancing discourse and practice around health equity?  Join the Comparative Program on Health and Society as we bring together some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners to explore these questions at an international symposium. We are honoured to begin the symposium in the evening of the 4th May with a keynote lecture by the incomparable Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University) followed on 5th May by a full day conference.

Tickets for both events are free but limited.

Conference Schedule

Speakers Include: 

  • Sofia Gruskin, Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Gould School of Law, University of Southern California, USA
  • Veronica Magar, Team Leader, Gender, Equity and Human Rights Mainstreaming Team, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
  • Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute, Canada
  • Bruce Porter, Executive Director, Social Rights Advocacy Center , Canada
  • Walter Flores, Director, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en Sistemas de Salud (Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems), Guatemala
  • Moses Mulumba, Executive Director, Center for Health, Human Rights, and Development, Uganda
  • Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Reader in Transnational Law, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Suzanne Stewart, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada


Thank you to our sponsors, the Lupina Foundation, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Canada Research Chair Program, and the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs for their generous support of this event. 

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This event is preceded by a Symposium on the Contributions of the Comparative Program on Health and Society to the Social Determinants of Health. Information about this event can be found here. Please register for this symposium here.

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