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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.


September  2017
Please complete our online MWIA sexual harassment survey!
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. Deadline will be at the end of December 2017.
Please also see the letter of MWIA president Prof. Bettina Pfleiderer and the explanatory statement.

Please click here to complete the survey which should take no more than five to ten minutes. THANK YOU!

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 Award by 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.

September 4, 2017
Rules for the Jhirad Oration Award
Ähnliches FotoThe Jhirad Oration was started in 1985 in honour of Dr. Jerusha Jhirad (to the left) and is provided by the Association of Medical Women in India. Traditionally the Jhirad Oration is given at MWIA International Congresses.  It consists of a silver plaque and an Indian ceremony.  As it has become prestigious there have been many enquiries as to how to apply for this award. Following deliberations, the MWIA executive has decided that the Jhirad Oration will go to the person who will become immediate past president at the end of the congress at which it is awarded.  This makes the awarding of the Oration transparent. More information about the rules can be found here. Thank you to the Association of Medical Women in India for their ongoing support of the Jhirad Oration.

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 now. Please 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 20, 2017
For Spanish speaking members
The Spanish version of the the member survey can be downloaded here. That should faciitate answering the English poll. It is possible to add your comments in Spanish.
Please use this link to access the poll:

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.

April 19, 2017
Chibok girls kidnaping – Third anniversary, Friday 14 April 2017
UN experts mark third anniversary of Nigeria kidnapping with new plea for “forgotten” Chibok girls! At the 12 th of April, the members of the Women, Peace and Security network held a candlelight and poetry reading session in honour of our missing Chibok sisters. The candles were lit to signify that the light of hope continues to burn  in our hearts. Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, member of the network thanked MWIA that it stood with them then, and continues to stand with them now.
Here is a statement put out by UN human rights experts.

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

March 6th, 2017
Passing of Dr. Il Ok Choo
Dr. Il Ok Choo passed away on February 21, 2017 in Seoul Korea. She served MWIA as the 22nd president for 3 years from 1989 – 1992.  She will be remembered by the global community of MWIA as well as the Korean people.
MWIA wants to thank her for her dedication to MWIA and all her hard work. An obituary written by past MWIA president Dr. Kyung Ah Park can be found here.

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