Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (center) learns about Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s latest activities
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon had our first-ever Capitol Hill Day on September 28, in connection with our fifth anniversary. Fourteen representatives from our headquarters and our partner organizations visited 22 congressional offices, educating policy-makers about the impact of breast and cervical cancers in low- and middle-income countries, our coalition’s capacity to address these diseases, and our success to date. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is proud to partner with the U.S. goverment’s National Cancer Institute and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Our meetings were focused on members of congressional committees that oversee and fund the U.S. government’s global health activities. Even during a very busy day on Capitol Hill, we found members of Congress and their staff to be interested in and supportive of efforts to fight women’s cancers globally.
Participants from our partner organizations Project Concern International (PCI), MD Anderson Cancer Center, American Society for Clinical Pathology, LIVESTRONG, and Susan G. Komen generously committed their time and energy to articulating the justification for a robust U.S. government response to cervical and breast cancers. Representative Charlie Dent, for example, acknowledged the tragedy of deaths from cervical cancer among women receiving treatment for HIV.
Building awareness and developing relationships with members of Congress and their staff supports Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s long-term pursuit of U.S. policies that promote women’s health internationally.
By Jennie Aylward, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Consultant