Birzeit University wears pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Birzeit University turned pink on October 28, 2021 to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the international campaign held in October of each year to raise awareness of the disease. Pink, the traditional color for the campaign, was seen throughout the university during the annual one-day event, organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions in collaboration with the Deanship of Student Affairs and the Augusta Victoria Hospital.

The event saw students and medical professionals man booths scattered around the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions, to raise awareness on breast cancer and empower female students, faculty and staff members with the knowledge they need to protect themselves from this disease through early-detection and balanced nutrition.

Professionals from the Augusta Victoria hospital, invited by the university, offered free breast cancer screening during the day, while students created posters and placards, full of cheerful and hopeful messages, that were carried during an awareness march on campus.

Birzeit University’s Right to Education Campaign was also present in the event, focusing in its special booth on sharing information about the medical conditions of Palestinian female prisoners held inside the Israeli occupation’s prisons, where they are denied their basic rights, subjected to psychological torture, and put through difficult conditions including medical negligence.

Professors and staff at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions wore pink ribbons to support the event, bolstering a university-wide belief that a greater understanding of breast cancer can lead to better lifestyle choices, in turn minimizing the risk of this illness.