Dr. Espey (center) and UN delegates.
Dr. Espey (center) and UN delegates.

The ACOG American Indian and Alaska Native Women’s Health Program recognizes the work of Dr. Eve Espey, of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and of Dr. Brian Thompson, of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Earlier this year, Dr. Espey and Dr. Thompson traveled to New York to address the United Nations on healthcare disparities faced by AI/AN women.

Dr. Espey focused her remarks on “the narrative of violence against women” perpetuated by a difficult history of “Western imperialism, exploitation, and abuse.” In recounting her time with the Indian Health Service helping staff a teen clinic at Fort Wingate High School, Dr. Espey was disheartened to learn that young women especially were “disempowered through violence and reproductive coercion.” She shared a story about a fifteen year old patient who came to see her wanting birth control, but also expressing abdominal pain. Upon a gynecological exam, Dr. Espey immediately moved the patient to the hospital and attended to her as she delivered a full term baby girl. In speaking with the Native hospital social worker, Dr. Espey learned that the teen had a coercive, controlling boyfriend who was opposed to any form of contraceptive methods.





Dear Debra,

Dr Eve Espey's testimony is important because women in the indian populated areas don't have the exposure they need to speak up.

I believe that educating men on social ethics is a prerequisite and helping women to understand that they have some rights, all this done by respecting the cultural background, may lead an improvement of the situation.

That said, women are molested everywhere, it will be a good idea to have some of these indian women to join us on the Worldpulse platform. You may have an idea about the best venue to do that!


Kadidia Doumbia

Dear Debra

What a great speech from Dr Eve Espey! This testimony will go a long way in saving many women and girls all over the world. In Africa women and girls are still struggling with right to decide the number of children they want to have. My mother wanted four but eventually had seven because that was the number her husband wanted. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Busayo Obisakin

Busayo ObisakinWomen inspiration Development center Ile-Ife, Nigeria busobisaki@yahoo.com womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Dear Debra,

Thank you for the important news of this strong leader. It is very good news that her message about the connection between western imperialism, exploitation, and abuse is being heard. Indigenous women here in Canada are also very active in speaking publically to these connections. They have created the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Movement, the Idle No More (Environmental) Movement, and have been integral to the Truth and Reconciliation Agreement that the Canadian Government just agreed to. The extreme conditions that exist because of the neglect and lies of both the USA and Canadian Governments needs to be addressed as part of ending all violence toward women and girls. Finally more voices of Indigenous women are being heard and listened to.