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Young MWIA

The Young MWIA’s (yMWIA) full name is Special Interest Group for Young Female Doctors and Medical Students. It is an opportunity for the younger members of the profession to meet and discuss issues relevant to their stage in their careers. More information you will find here.


Links to homepages of organizations related to important health issues can be found here. This page will be continuously updated.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 is online

The report can be downloaded here.

Violence Against Women and Children

A strong message against sexual violence at the UN by Angelie Jolie

Garcia-Moreno Claudia, Watts Charlotte. Violence against women: an urgent public health priority. Bulletin World Health Organization 2011; 89:21 doi:

Worldwide, 66 million girls are missing out on an education. This report focuses on one of the major barriers girls face: gender-based violence – sexual, physical and psychological – in and around schools.
Plan in EnglishPlan in Spanish

Health Effects of Violence and Abuse

Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Cost to the Community and Individual of Violence and Abuse

National Statistics: The Cost of Domestic Violence

The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence

Recognizing and Responding Well to Violence

Abuse Education Needs Inclusion in Healthcare Training

Safety, reflection and self care

Theoretical framework/Knowledge and Information (statistics, reporting requirements etc)

Identifying and recognizing family violence, Groups at risk and times of risk, practitioner risk assessment, Asking the right questions, Responding well


A new Journal “Women” WOMAN that favours an integrative approach to gynaecology and obstetrics has just been launched. It focuses on an all-embracing understanding of health and disease in women giving due regard to psychosomatic, relational, and socio-cultural issues. More Information under:

UN-NGLS releases new Post-2015 Primer Series: Issue #1UN-NGLS is pleased to launch the first issue of its Post-2015 Primer Series, created with the intention to demystify the post-Rio+20 and post-2015 intergovernmental processes and to help strengthen coordination and coherency between them. UN-NGLS aims to help ensure entry points for civil society seeking to engage with these processes, which are explained through these primers in easy-to-understand terms.
Primer #1: Overview of UN Intergovernmental Processes to Define the “Post-2015 Development Agenda” [pdf]White Ribbon Alliance each month has an Action of the Month where you are welcome to write in with your views on differing topics. Visit http://www.whiteribbonalliance.orgWorld Health Organization, Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases.  ISBN 978 92 4 156454 0.  Order number 11500853 from

Gender and Health Toolkit can be found at

The electronic quarterly newsletter of the American Medical Women’s Association, Connections

The Newsletters cover news and timely events of the association and informative topics regarding  advocacy, practice management, and medical legal, women’s health, and gender related issues.
The latest issues can be found here.

Papers on Genital cosmetic surgery on women

Related to the topic of cosmetic gynecologic surgery, Fiona Godlee, editor of the British Medical Journal published an editorial with showcasing MWIA’s efforts in this area.  If you wish to see the article and respond, the link is’s

Health Victoria in Australia has recently published a new resource:
Women and Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Issues Paper

Adolescent Sexuality

Canadian Health Network
This Canadian government agency produces a website entitled Beyond the Basics for adolescents.

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
This U.S. based international reproductive health and rights organization conducts research, policy analysis and evidence-based advocacy in efforts to make public health and human rights principles integral to U.S. international population and health policies and programs. This particular site shares findings from the research on the implications of health sector reforms for reproductive health and rights in India and Tanzania.

Global Reproductive Health Forum
Hosted by the Harvard School of Pubic Health, this site promotes networking and an exchange of perspectives on gender, rights, and reproductive health issues. The Maternal Health section in the Research Library area provides information about adolescent reproductive health. This site is a rich source for links to other organizations. It is available in English and Spanish.

Resources for Adolescent Providers

Resources for Adolescent Providers (RAP) coordinates the efforts needed to educate and bring together clinical and nonclinical providers of adolescent reproductive health services in the United States. RAP helps providers stay informed of current clinical and social issues that affect adolescents and young adults through an informationsharing network. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) serves as the coordinating organization to assist RAP in accomplishing its goals. The website includes links to organizations, resources, and publications that support this effort. Links to sites for adolescents also are provided.

This Canadian based website of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is a user-friendly site for adolescents and adults alike.

Menstrual Hygiene

Taking Care of a Baby at Home After Birth: What Families Need to Do

All information in this material, ”Taking Care of a Baby at Home After Birth“, is meant for outreach to pregnant women and their families with poor access to health services. These communities may also have low-literacy levels and/or poor access to health information.

All illustrations in this flip book are from the Take Action Card booklet and Large Picture Cards in the American College of Nurse-Midwives Home-Based Life Saving Skills package. These materials can be given to families and community members as reminders of key actions. They are available at

Additional Materials

Taking Care of a Baby at Home After Birth is available on the following Web sites:

CORE Group

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

The Healthy Newborn Network

Respectful Maternity Care & White Ribbon Alliance
The White Ribbon Alliance envisions a world in which a woman’s right to Respectful Maternity Care is embedded at all levels of all maternal health systems around the globe and that these rights are reflected in a sense of entitlement among women