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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.

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February 9, 2018
Passing of Dr. Waltraud Diekhaus
Waltraud Diekhaus, a former MWIA secretary general for 9 years (1998-2007) and former MWIA Waltraud_Diekhausvice president central Europe for 6 years (2007-2013) passed at the 4th of February at the age of 76.
Waltraud Diekhaus was passionate about MWIA, women´s empowerment, gender medicine and received many honors and awards. She was not only respected but loved by many who considered her a friend. She was also a mentor to many younger colleagues and a strong advocate for women in medicine.
MWIA received many letters of condolence after the news of her passing was shared within MWIA´s membership and MWIA would like to thank all of them for their warm words.
We will always keep her in our hearts!

February 6, 2018
Invitation for scarf competition
As part of the activities leading up to the congress, MWIA is holding a competition to design a scarf to commemorate the occasion of 100 years as an organization. Each member will be eligible to send in ONE design by July 1, 2018.We look forward to receiving many beautiful designs from which to choose the winning entry!

Please see the attached letter in which Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Chair of the Centennial Public Relations Subcommittee, outlines the process and the timelines. Please find the details here.

February 3, 2018
Invitation to participate in MWIA centenary fabric collage
As part of the preparations towards the centenary, we are inviting National associations to contribute to the MWIA centenary fabric collage. The fabric collage will be a symbol of our unity, sisterhood and diversity. Please see the call here.

February 1, 2018
In the MWIA survey of members conducted earlier this year 46% of respondees reported sexual harassment while working. This survey investigates the sexual harassment of female medical students and doctors in more depth. The survey has been planned as part of the MWIA Scientific Committees work for this triennium under the lead of Prof. Jan Coles from Australia, Co-chair of this committee. All data is completely anonymous and cannot be traced to any particular person. We have recorded over 1100 responses so far.  The English and Italian version of the survey have been closed today.Thank you to all for participating!

A Spanish version of our sexual harassment online survey is available now till the end of February 2018.
Please see the explanatory statement

January 13, 2018
Oration awards for Padmini Murthy and Bettina Pfleiderer
MWIA president Prof. Dr. Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer and MWIA Vice president for the region North America Prof. Dr.Padmini Murthy were attending the national conference of the Association of the Medical Women in India (AMWI) in Mumbai (India) last month. MWIA congratulates Dr. Murthy for receiving the Homai Collabawalla Oration Award and Dr. Pfleiderer for receiving the Dr.Usha Sariya president Oration Award from the from the Association of Medical Women in India Mumbai Branch.

Dr. Pfleiderer receiving the Dr. Usha Sariya president oration award

Dr.Pfleiderer is framed by Dr. Usha Sariya, the oration donator (right to MWIA president) and Dr. Vandana Walvekar, national AMWI president (left).

Dr. Murthy receiving Homai Collabawalla Oration Award


December 22, 2017

March 22-25, 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
North American Regional Meeting and AMWA AGM.
Call for posters!

April 8-10, Utah, USA
Sex and Gender Health education summit
Call for posters for all colleagues interested in Sex and Gender Specific Medicine. AMWA ( is one of the main organizers of this conference and hopes that members of MWIA will want to attend and present their work. One page brief and draft of programme.

December 17 , 2017
MWIA December 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

Decembr 13th, 2017
MWIA is on Facebook, please have a look:

MWIA Facebook page

MWIA has a new flyer
English Version and in gray for black-white-printers
Spanish Version and in gray for black-white-printers
Portuguese version

April 27-28, 2018, Palermo, Italy
Southern European Regional Meeting of MWIA
Download the flyer here!

November 3, 2017
Co-signment of MWIA of written statement for the  62nd CSW 2018

MWIA has co-signed the written statement submitted by the Swedish Women’s Lobby with regard to the review theme, “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women” (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session) for  the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March, 2018. Please find the written statement here.

October 10, 2016
Visit to the Hamlin
 Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
MWIA´s president elect, Dr. Clarissa Fabre visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Founded in 1974 by Drs Catherine and Reginald Hamlin, it now has five satellite sites in Ethiopia as well as the main hospital in Addis Ababa. Around 4000 patients with fistulae are still treated each year (the photo shows 3 staff members of the hospital). The Hamlin Fistula Hospital now trains 20 midwives each year on a four year degree course. The midwives come from these poor rural communities and will return there once their course is completed.MWIA fully commends the work of the Hamlin Hospital and will cooperate in any way that it can!  The  full report of Dr. Fabre´s visit can be found here.

October 1, 2017
MWIA September 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

September 26,2017
Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. Usha Saraiya
Dr. Usha Sariya, past MWIA vice president for Central Asia (2013-2016) received the Lifetime Achievement Awardby AOGIN, India (Asia Oceania research organisation on Genital Infections and Neoplasia) for her contribution to Cytopathology & Colposcopy. The Award Ceremony took place at Lucknow on 9th September at the 8th International Conference of AOGIN. The photograph shows Dr. Saraiya (middle), Dr. Neerja Bhatla, Founder President AOGIN, India & Dr. Shalini Rajaram, Current President conducting the ceremony.MWIA congratulates Dr. Sariya to this great honor!

September 25, 2017
Report – MWIA Western Pacific Regional Conference 2017 in Hong Kong
A total of 247 participants from 12 countries and regions worldwide attended the Western Pacific Regional Conference 2017  in Hong Kong on 25-27 August 2017.  This was a well organized conference with inspiring talks and great networking opportunities. 3 resolutions were drafted and will be submitted to Ethics and Resolution Committee.  The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) will nominate the incoming Vice President of MWIA (Western Pacific Region) and the result will be announced by Dec 2017.  Korea Medical Women Association (KMWA) will organize the next Regional Conference; Philippines Medical Women Association (PMWA) will host a Regional Business Meeting in Cebu to further discuss the governance and collaborations among the various national associations in the region.

August 3, 2017
The congress report on the 30th international MWIA congress in Vienna 2016 is available for download now

July 1, 2017
MWIA June 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

June 6,  2017
Congratulations to the Medical Women´s Federation
The Great Hall of the British Medical Association in London was the venue for the main conference, entitled 100 Years of Medical Women Past Present and Future. It was a day full of excellent speakers on topics covering all eras and speaking of a bright future for women in medicine as we move into the next 100 years. MWIA president Bettina Pfleiderer (red blazer) and MWF president Parveen Kumar (to her right) were cutting the centenial cake  (photo to the left). A detailed report can be found here!

Please mark your calendars now for the MWIA Centennial Congress to be held in New York July 24-27, 2019, where we will continue to celebrate women in medicine!

April 21, 2017
50/50 Day – Global Conversation on Gender Equality
The American Medical Women’s Association has partnered with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain on 50/50 day to promote a global conversation about gender equality and have asked MWIA to participate.
There is a great trailer (watch 2 min trailer) and a 20 min film (watch film)available.
Information can be found on AMWA´s website

April 19th, 2017
Dr. Keswani Receives Award from St. Barnabas RWJ Hospital
On March 22, 2017, Dr. Satty Gill Keswani, MWIA´s UN representative, was honored at the Physician Service Awards for a distinguished career of over 40 years of work at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She is proud to have been part of the Saint Barnabas OBGYN staff, and have practiced her specialty in Reproductive Medicine. MWIA is proud to have her as our  member and congratulates Dr. Keswani to her great achievements. Her biography can be found here.

March 30, 2017
New March 2017 MWIA newsletter is online.

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