About us


MWIA is an organization representing women doctors from from six continents.The affiliated National Associations comprise over 90% of our members. Individual Members are Medical Women from a country having no Association, who apply directly to the Association for membership.

The legal Head Office of the Association is in Geneva, Switzerland. The Association is incorporated under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code.

The delegates of the Membership elect an Executive Committee consisting of President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer, Secretary-General and the Vice-Presidents to facilitate and expedite the handling of affairs of the Association in the intervals between the meetings of the General Assembly.

The Association is composed of 8 geographical regions. Each region is represented on the Executive Committee by its Vice-President.



  1. Standing – enshrined in MWIA Statutes and Bylaws
  2. Core – Relevant to the existence of MWIA and operationalisation of triennial theme
  3. Special Interest Groups – Technical areas of interest/priority

A. Standing Committee

Finance Committee

B. Core Committees

  1. Editorial / Communications Committee
  2. Ethics & Resolutions Committee
  3. Governance Committee
  4. Partnership Committee
  5. Past Presidents Advisory Committee
  6. Science, Technology & Research
  7. yMWIA Committee

C. Special Interest Groups

  1. Adolescent Health
  2. Awards
  3. Climate change
  4. Elimination of Cancers
  5. Gender Medicine
  6. Health of Women in the work place
  7. Maternal Health and Child Health
  8. Mental Health
  9. Mentoring & Leadership
  10. Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women
  11. Senior MWIA
  12. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  13. Violence against Women and Girls
  14. Work-life balance

Young Medical Women’s International Association

yMWIA is a 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.

Conduct of MWIA

MWIA is run according to the MWIA statutes and by-laws. These can be accessed here. Principles and procedures for elections are found here.

Job descriptions

General Assembly and Resolutions

Instructions for proposing and voting on resolutions are as follows:


International Congress and General Assemblies are held every three years in various countries of the world. The General Assemblies decide upon administrative policy. Resolutions expressing the concerns of the members are submitted to the General Assembly for approval and passed resolutions reflect the policy and position of MWIA to various topics. Conduct of the General Assembly and voting is performed in accordance with this document.

Jhirad Oration

The 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