Center for Women's Health & Human Rights

The Center for Women's Health and Human Rights (CWHHR) at Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women's health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy.

A humanistic vision of bodily integrity, gender equality, and social justice.

The Center for Women's Health and Human Rights (CWHHR/the Center) at Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women's health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy.

Our Mission

The Center for Women’s Health & Human rights strives to advance the health and humans rights of women and girls everywhere through advocacy, education, research, and leadership. Founded in 2003, the Center is the first academic initiative in the United States to focus on women’s health as a human rights imperative. The Center’s interdisciplinary approach embraces public policy, social science, the humanities, and the arts.

Dedicated to research, teaching, networking, and advocacy; we collaborate with other academic and community organizations working on these goals, bring together the community of scholars and activists already working in these areas, and provide expertise to a range of institutions developing the link between health and human rights.

The Center’s work has been lauded by the governor of Massachusetts, the mayors of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts state representatives, and senators Markey and Warren.

It is our privilege to be part of a world-wide movement for peace and justice.

Women's Writing Circles

The Women's Writing Circle (WWC) uses expressive writing in a sacred circle as a way for women to deepen their understanding of themselves and others and to share written stories that honor and support the diverse voices of all women.

Learn more about the Women's Writing Circles.


Our Bodies Ourselves Today

In 2019, the Center entered into a partnership with the iconic and groundbreaking women’s health organization, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), to create Our Bodies Ourselves Today (OBOST).

Our Bodies Ourselves Today aims to generate, curate, and deliver trustworthy and inclusive women’s health and sexuality information to the public. We envision a world-class online platform to provide the most up-to-date, reliable, and relevant content about our health, sexuality, and well-being. At a time when women’s right to health is increasingly under attack, OBOST will highlight women’s diverse voices and experiences, inspiring and empowering users to engage in the struggle for dignity and bodily autonomy. Content will be carefully vetted, compiled, and updated by leading feminist experts in women’s health.

Thanks to the generosity of so many who have made gifts both large and small, we met our fundraising goal for our first year of operation. This will enable us to begin building the website.

Stay tuned for hiring announcements, calls for stories about your own experiences with your body and your health care, and more. Now more than ever, we need reliable, current information in support of women’s health and lives, and we can’t wait to bring it to you.

Learn more and follow our progress.

CWHHR library

We’re thrilled to announce that the CWHHR library is ready for a grand reopening when the campus fully reopens. Student employees Myra Ssegujja and James Uyar spent a semester completely reorganizing the bookshelves and cross-referencing every title in the database, down to even our archival pamphlets.

The CWHHR library features exciting and informative finds about reproductive health and social justice and anything else students may need for a sociology or gender studies paper. Some examples include Queering Reproduction by Laura Mamo, Reproductive Justice by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger, and Hotter than a Red Assed Bee: An Intrepid Look at Menopause by the Concord Feminist Health Center. And, of course, we have the original edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, as well as nearly every edition published since then.

Located on the 7th floor at 73 Tremont Street in the Sociology department, the library will be open to everyone, including guests from outside the Suffolk community.

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