The Finnish Medical Women’s Association has actively co-operated with other women’s organizations to take forward the ‘Partnership’ theme of MWIA. We were represented at a NAPE seminar where the topic was Digital Violence. The Committee for the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (NAPE) in Finland is responsible for coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the effects of the measures required by the Istanbul Agreement in Finland. 

FWMA was also present at the annual meeting of the Finnish Confederation of Women’s Associations. The Confederation continues to promote human rights and gender equality.  

Our president, Paula Pihlaja represented our association at a UN Women ”Security Policy” meeting which was attended by many leading Finnish female politicians. More information of the UN Women on website

Our treasurer Ulla Aarnio participated in the meeting of the UN Women Generation Equality campaign initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. Finland collaborates on the section of Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality. More information on website

FWMA members have been invited to cultural events such as a visit to the new Bridge Hospital in Helsinki. This visit included a lecture on the history of surgery in Finland and a tour to the permanent art exhibit on the hospital premises. Over 40 members enjoyed a guided tour to the ‘Amos Hem’ museum.

 The Finnish Medical Convention is to be held in January 2024 in Helsinki. It will be a three-day hybrid training event and the largest annual training event for doctors in Finland. The FWMA is organizing a series of lectures in cooperation with the Helsinki University Hospital and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on Jan 26th, 2024. The session is entitled ‘Recognizing violence against women.’ Most of the presentations will be given in Finnish. More information on website”

Johanna Ajanki, Board member, International Affairs