Araceli Alonso

Director of the UW UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace

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Araceli Alonso

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Health by Motorbike

Araceli Alonso is the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace.  She is a faculty member at the School of Medicine and Public Health and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies where she teaches classes on women’s health and women’s rights. Dr. Alonso is also the Founder and Director of Health by All Means (HbAM), a Global Health initiative, started as Health by Motorbike (HbM), that provides a cultural and geographical sensitive model of integral health promotion and disease prevention for women and girls living in remote and isolated communities around the world. For her work with women’s health and women’s rights in rural Kenya, in 2013 Dr. Alonso received two of the world most prestigious awards—the United Nations Public Service Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Dr. Alonso is also the Director of Women’s Health and Social Issues for Women’s Knowledge International (WKI), an organization based in Spain and anchored at the Foundation for a Culture of Peace directed by former UNESCO President. Dr. Alonso has worked on Human Trafficking issues and to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls for the last fifteen years in the United States (mostly Wisconsin), Spain, Morocco, Cuba, Uganda and Kenya. She is currently the Director of Gender, Health and Clinical Practice of the 4W-UW-Madison initiative STREETS (Social Transformation to end the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children). Alonso’s research expertise is on women’s global health and human rights. In 2015 Alonso was named one of the 100 most influential women world leaders in Global Health.

Selected Publications:


Out of Havana: Memoirs on Ordinary life in Cuba. Deep University Press: Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, April 2014.


Health by All Means: Women Turning Structural Violence into Health and Wellbeing. Philosophy and Theory of Global Health Practices, Forthcoming Deep University Press, 2018.

Baseline Assessment: Data Collection and Analysis of Women Escort Advertisements Posted on in Madison. Article in process.

Sex Trafficking and Border Crossing in the Context of Migration. Article in process.

Gender, Wellbeing & the Ecological Commons:  A Participatory Framework. Article in Process.

Gender Factors Contributing to Malaria Incidence, Insecticide Treated Bed Net Use, and Malaria Treatment Behavior, under peer review for the International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies, 2018.

Gender and Community Wellbeing: Women Reversing Global Health Challenges and Gender Inequalities, in Foundations of Global Health Practice, Lori DiPrete Brown (ed.) ISBN13: 978-1-118-50556-4 Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, November 2017.

A Qualitative Study Exploring How Family Planning Beliefs and Attitudes Contribute to Family Planning Behavior in Rural, Southeastern Kenya: Application of the Social Ecological Model, Special Issue of Women’s Health, World Medical and Health Policy Journal, November 2016.

Wisconsin Protocol on Human Trafficking. (co-author) Office of Justice Assistance, Madison-Wisconsin, 2012.

Human Trafficking Committee (co-author), Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin, Department of Justice, Wisconsin, February 2008.

De víctima a culpable: discursos de victimización en el trabajo sexual femenino en Cuba, (From Victim to Criminal: Discourses of Victimization in the Female Sex Work in Cuba). MUGAK Centro de Estudios y Documentación sobre Racismo y Xenophobia, n. 43, June 2008, Spain.