MAGGIE BANGSER, M.P.P.M
Director, Womenís Dignity Project
Maggie Bangser, who is based in Tanzania, has 14 years experience in the field of international reproductive health and rights, including 7 years residence in Eastern Africa.† She holds a Masters degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University in the U.S.A., and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Amherst College.† Maggie is currently the Director of the Womenís Dignity Project, a regional initiative in Eastern Africa to address gender and health equity with a specific focus on obstetric fistula.
Since 1998, Ms. Bangser has been a Research Affiliate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. where she was a member of the Gender and Health Equity Project. From 1996-1998, Ms. Bangser was the Coordinator of the Fistula Project at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania, and from 1992-1995, she was the Program Officer for Reproductive Health and Gender Relations (RH/GR) for the Ford Foundation in East and Southern Africa, based in Nairobi.† There, she developed the Foundationís grant-making program in RH/GR for Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.† Previously, she was a Program Officer for Asia Programs at the International Womenís Health Coalition in New York, covering projects in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.