About us

Governance

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.

Committees 2019-22

  • Finance
  • Ethics and Resolutions
  • Scientific and Research
  • Communication and Social Media
  • Strategy and Advocacy

Working Groups 2019-22

  • WHO Special Interest Group
  • Governance Working Group

Project Groups 2019-22

  • Women’s health and prevention of teenage pregnancy
  • HPV vaccination and the elimination of cervical cancer
  • The prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage
  • Violence against women and girls / sexual harassment / cyber violence
  • Facilitating career progression / work life balance
  • Encouraging mentoring worldwide
  • Gender medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Menopause
  • Child health

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.

International Representation

MWIA maintains official working relations with the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.), Category II Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is involved in the Immunization Programmes of the United Nations Childrens’s Fund (UNICEF). MWIA is represented in all three of the United Nation Centers, New York and Geneva by Permanent Representatives. As a founding member, the Association is actively involved with the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

International Representatives 2019-22

  • Standing committee of European physicians: Prof. Dr Dr Bettina Pfleiderer
  • World Medical Association: Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi (Nigeria)

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:

Resolutions:

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