Women’s Health Empowerment Project (WHEP) – Day 1 Recap
Since 2004, we have been working with American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on the Women’s Health Empowerment Project to develop and build breast cancer awareness programs in Russia. WHEP is an innovative overseas public education movement that encourages the early detection of breast cancer. The program is currently active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro and Russia. WHEP is presenting results of its four years of work in Russia and upcoming programs aimed at reducing mortality rates from breast cancer – a disease that kills 25,000 women in Russia each year. Our own Susan Brown and Ana Teasdale will be blogging from the conference itself, but did want to share some local color.
After 13 hours on an airplane from the US to Moscow, a one hour process through customs, another one hour drive to the hotel and a quick nap, we set out to see Moscow! Even though it is mid May, it was gray and windy with the temperature only in the mid 40s. This did not stop us from meeting with our program partners from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): Itai Shamir (from JDC/NY), Katya Bashta (from JDC/Russia) and Nela Hasic (from JDC/Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Decked out in our Komen team shirts, we took in the impressive “must-see” sites of Moscow. We saw the Novodevichy Convent, Stalin’s Seven Sisters and the statue of Peter the Great. Passing the Kremlin, we ended at Red Square, also the site of Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Some say that that the name Red Square comes from the color of the bricks surrounding it, others say that it of political nature, and still others say that it is from the Russian word meaning beautiful. It was beautiful.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.