Plans for the 100th anniversary meeting are progressing and the program promises to bring topics of interest to all medical women around the world. There is a scarf competition that all are able to enter. The Federal Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, is our 2024 Honorary Member awardee and we look forward to hearing about her personal experience in this role, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is an organization tasked for the last 99 years with advocating for women physicians and women’s and girls’ health.

We stand in sisterhood with other MWIA members in acknowledging that in times of conflict, women and children are vulnerable to gender-based violence, lack of access to sexual and reproductive health facilities, loss of education, and forced displacement. Women and children would be well served with an immediate end to the tragic loss of life, suffering and instability in the Middle East, the Ukraine and all other conflict spots globally.

The FMWC reminds all that there are international agreements regarding war and conflict. UN Security Council Resolution 1325 acknowledges the impact of conflict and war on women and girls and recognizes the crucial role women play in conflict prevention and resolution. Resolution 1820 condemns the use of sexual violence as a tool of war. Resolution 2886 strongly condemns attacks and threats against the wounded and sick, medical personnel and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties, their means of transport and equipment, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities.

Fig 1. Board of FMWC