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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.

News 2012

September 19, 2012, updated February 14, 2013
MWIA supports the campaign “Keep your mitts off our muffs”
The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) takes a stand against cosmetic vaginal rejuvenation and supports the campaign “Keep your mitts off our muffs”. Women are being pressured into thinking that all labia need to look the same and that if they differ, it is cause for surgery.
More information you will find in the background paper, the executive statement, the letter to FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and obstetrics) and the press release >>.
Further 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

December 22, 2012
The Keynote Speech presented by Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia titled “Women and Health in the Challenging World” at the Central Asia Regional MWIA meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 7-9, 2012, can be found in the conference proceedings of the MWIA online journal now.

December 1, 2012
MWIA launched a new pilot online journal
MWIA is embarking on the production of an online MWIA journal. MWIA wants to provide our members with a forum to publish papers related to women´s global health issues and with a platform for discussion and networking. The formal editorial board for the on-line journal will be selected at the international congressin Korea 2013, but there is an interim board that is reviewing articles.  Please submit your articles to   The journal itself can be accessed at More information can be find here.

October 31, 2012
MWIA co-sponsored an awards luncheon for Dra. Bachelet This luncheon took place place on October 31st with the Women’s City Club of New York (WCC), where Dra. Michelle Bachelet was presented with the Eleanor Roosevelt “Moving History Forward” Award for her work with UN Women. Dr Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Under her leadership, UN Women leads, supports and coordinates the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and country levels.

October 18, 2012
MWIA deplores the shooting of Malala Yousoufzai
Fourteen-year-old Malala was shot by the Taliban for supporting girls’ education. MWIA calls on United Nations Women to coordinate action to prevent girls in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world being victimized for pursuing what is their birthright. Here you can find the letter that was sent to Dra. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women.

July 2, 2012
Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) will support Georgia to found a Gender Medicine Institute
Take action for healthier women to get a healthier world. Gender knowledge in medicine needs to be fostered in medical curricula and in all medical textbooks and instruction leaflets. Read full press release >>