Board of Directors Profile: Dr. Shree Mulay
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Shree Mulay first became aware of Inter Pares in the mid-1980s when she attended "Side Effects" in Montreal, a play on women's health co-sponsored by Inter Pares and the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Some months later during a visit to Ottawa, Shree dropped into the Inter Pares office, a visit that launched many years of cooperative work.
Shree's passion for women's health led to collaboration with Inter Pares staff on the development of an alternative Canadian women's report for the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development. She worked with Inter Pares counterparts in Bangladesh to analyze and document women's access to health services. In Montreal, Shree was deeply involved with the South Asian Women's Community Centre, an organization supporting immigrant and refugee women. During the 1990s, Shree was a leader in the international campaign against the use of quinacrine as a chemical sterilization agent for women, and documented unethical trials of this toxic drug in Southern population control programs. She brought her expertise on women's health issues into the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Shree expanded her commitment to Inter Pares by joining our Board of Directors in 1996.
"What I like about Inter Pares," Shree said recently, "is the way it incorporates a broad social justice analysis that includes race, class, gender, religion and culture into its work. This is very complex. It's very difficult to navigate the lines between what is possible and what is just. Inter Pares has been able to do this with sincerity."
Today Shree is the Associate Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a respected researcher and feminist, Shree continues to contribute to knowledge on the health of immigrant and refugee women in Canada, the human rights of women, and access to health services and medicines in India. She is the co-editor of the book "Women Building Peace between India and Pakistan."
Inter Pares looks forward to many more years of collaboration with Shree, as a Board member, researcher and women's rights activist.
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