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HPH Weekly: Why gender-based violence is an important issue for Fatima Bio

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Jo Zhou
March 22, 2024
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Why gender-based violence is an important issue for Fatima Bio

Fatima Maada Bio speaks into a microphone to a group of people. She is wearing a robe and headdress that are both bright yellow with black highlights.
AP Photo / Andrew Harnik

During Women’s History Month, Sierra Leone First Lady Fatima Maada Bio spoke at The Studio at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also sat down for a Q&A with HPH Managing Editor Jina Moore Ngarambe, who asked Bio why she considers her fight against gender-based violence a personal commitment; why GBV is a public health issue; and who the first lady looks to for inspiration in her activism.

Jonathan Haidt’s case for getting kids off their phones

Book cover for “The Anxious Generation: How the great rewiring of childhood is causing an epidemic of mental illness”: Illustration of a young girl on her phone surrounded by 3D smiling emoji balls. Book cover is on an orange-speckled background.
Courtesy of Penguin Random House

If you’ve peeked at the headlines at any point in the past decade, you know the news about kids’ mental health is not good. Jonathan Haidt unpacks the connection between social media and mental health in his new book, The Anxious Generation. In her review for HPH, Maura Kelly finds wisdom in Haidt’s observation that parents aren’t paying enough attention to the other “world” their kids occupy: the digital planet where they increasingly spend their time.

How psychedelic drug therapy became a rare bipartisan issue in California

Marie Waldron stands at a podium, speaking into a microphone, to a group of legislators in a government building.
Rahul Lal, CalMatters

Republican Marie Waldron and Democrat Scott Wiener, both from California, don’t have a lot in common. They managed to find a mutual understanding in support for psychedelic drug therapy, however. Both politicians say they back psychedelic drugs because of their trauma-relieving benefits for people living with mental illness, including veterans with PTSD and depression.

This article was originally published by CalMatters.

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