40th Anniversary of Our Bodies, Ourselves

October 1, 2011 • Tsai Performance Center at Boston University • Boston, Massachusetts

This year, we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the landmark book about women’s health, reproduction and sexuality.  On October 1, 2011, Boston University and Our Bodies Ourselves are co-hosting a day-long symposium—Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls—that will bring together our global partners that are adapting Our Bodies, Ourselves to their unique cultural needs and bringing evidence based, culturally reliable health resources to their communities in different print, digital and social interactive formats.

This free event at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston is open to the public (though registration is required) and will also be webcast live for remote attendance.  We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to the symposium and reached capacity in mid-August.  We have since been forced to close registration.   Currently, we have more than 100 people on a steadily growing waitlist.

In a world where women and girls are routinely denied their human rights and are unable to access unbiased, high quality information about reproductive health and sexuality, the work of our global partners is more important than ever.  On October 1, we will also launch the new 9th U.S. edition of our groundbreaking publication Our Bodies, Ourselves.  Thus far, more than 4.5 million copies of Our Bodies, Ourselves have been distributed around the world, with an estimated readership of 20 million people.  Over the decades, we have been contacted for technical and financial assistance—as well as other ongoing support for their projects—by women in more than 25 countries.

We are also collecting “stories” about Our Bodies, Ourselves at a special 40th anniversary website.  They will be preserved as part of the remarkable 40-year history of this book.

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