alexandra "allie" solomon, Author at Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Gender and Tobacco Control

For more than thirty years, there have been many calls for the mainstreaming of gender into tobacco control (World Health Organization 2007); however, insufficient progress has been made with dire health and economic consequences. Recommendations from women’s health advocates – including those involved in the creation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against […]

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Looking for equity after COVID-19? Prioritize African women.

COVID-19 has presented not only a health crisis, but a burgeoning economic catastrophe as well. A recent McKinsey report notes that in 2020, African economies could experience a catastrophic loss from US$90 billion to US$200 billion, a 3–8% drop in GDP growth, and delayed or reduced foreign direct investment. Such a massive hit will require […]

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration and a Call to Action

On March 5th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted their 10th Annual International Women’s Day Forum, “Marking a Milestone, Continuing the Momentum.” There, speakers focused not only on women’s economic empowerment, but also how they can leverage their expertise to contribute to the long-term health and well-being of communities in the U.S. and around […]

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Ready for 2020: Women Leaders in Global Health

2019 ended on an exciting, galvanizing note for women in global health. In November, established and emerging leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda for the third Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference. This event anticipated the upcoming anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—in writing, a standard-bearer for global commitment to women’s rights—and […]

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foreign policy’s herpower summit

On October 15th, Foreign Policy Magazine hosted the HerPower Summit. This inaugural global women’s summit highlighted female change agents and explored gender equity as a catalyzing force for stronger democracies, economies, and communities. I participated on the panel “Women as Change Agents – Building More Inclusive Industries” with Chemonics CEO Susanna Mudge and Kathryn Kaufman, Managing Director […]

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