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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.

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January 19, 2019
The Association of Medical Women in India (AMWI) 
has submitted a fabric square towards the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) centennial collage.
The collage picture has on the front,  a  Paisley design and on the back, graphics with a map of the states that make up India.
In the words of AMWI, “The fabric collage pattern “paisley” is a signature pattern of the Indian art used all over the country. The colors red, blue and green are a popular combination in India. It is embroidered on the classic South Indian Kanjeevaram silk. Various crafts of different states are depicted on the back “.
The black ribbons attached to the four corners of the square will not hang free but will be tied to other similar sized fabrics from MWIA member countries. We look forward to the submission by other countries and as we tie each string to another, the message of our unity in diversity is reinforced.
The teaser with the pictures of the square can be found here.

January 3, 2019
3rd Historic teaser: The Amazing Story of MWIA continues (1949-1958)
Over the years, medical women have proven their mettle and have left a mark on the pages of history. They have battled stereotypes, racism, and sexism within the field of medicine. We remember them today with pride and find ways to keep them alive in our memories. The occasion of MWIA’s Centennial is an opportunity to give pause and consider where women physicians have come from, honour the rich history of MWIA and look at our story together. Let’s first focus on the major events of this Fourth decade, 1949-1958 and then a few of the medical milestones.
The full 
article can be downloaded here. 

Join us for a very special gathering of Medical Women from around the world to celebrate 100 years of the Medical Women’s International Association. An opportunity to connect and engage with Women Physicians and learners, catch up with friends and colleagues. Try out a Medical Women’s International Association convention, this Centennial Meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

January 2, 2019
MWIA January recipe available for download
Welcome to the first teaser for the year  2019. We have so far enjoyed recipes from Nigeria, Brazil and Australia.This comes to you from the French Medical Women Association. This recipe describes how you can prepare a French Onion Soup.
The ancient origins of this soup date back to the middle-ages with the famous cook Taillevent.  Historically, it gained its reputation at the Halles de Paris, a large covered market in the centre of Paris which was demolished in 1971 and replaced by the Forum des Halles Shopping Center.The count down continues as we have about 7 months to go to the MWIA Centennial in July 2019.
Look out for  where the “recipe train” will be stopping next!

December 27, 2018
The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) has introduced an innovative and inclusive initiative as part of her Centennial celebration taking place in New York in July 2019.
Each of our National Associations will be submitting a fabric square that is unique to their country. These will be joined together to form part of a fabric collage as a symbol of the unity in our diversity. Each designed fabric will have a special place in this harmony of diverse colours and patterns.
We are pleased to share with you the first fabric square submission from New Zealand. It is woven and designed by Esther Nitschke of Fielding, a spinner and weaver of 55 years. Esther has attended 47 Festivals and in 1994 she was awarded an M.B.E. for services to Weaving in New Zealand as exhibitor, Judge and Organizer.
The two fabrics in this banner are hand woven pieces woven from Cottaline & Silk, for the trouser and jacket garments for the Fashion Parade celebrating 50 years of the Creative Fibre Festival in Palmerston North, 2019. It shows a stylized Fern, the New Zealand National Emblem.
The final centennial collage will be shown at our centennial meeting in New York and will be on display at the Legacy Center: Archives & Special Collections Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia after the congress.

December 13, 2018
Reminder: Invitation to participate in MWIA centenary fabric collage

Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Chair of the Centennial Public Relations Committee, invites all national associations and individual members (where there is no national association) to make a fabric collage for the Centennial Congress.  Her letter with instructions and a picture of the proposed fabric square is found here In order to plan for the final collage, it would be helpful if each national association could notify her who will be bringing your collage to the Centennial Congress by  January 25, 2019.

December 12, 2018
MWIA centennial congress- update from the AMWA Local Organizing Committee
We are happy to announce that we have more than 350 attendees registered to date.
If you haven’t booked your hotel room at the host venue, the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, we suggest that you make your booking ( as soon as possible as we expect to sell out fast.
Posters will still be accepted on a rolling basis. Submission ( deadline is February 28, 2019.

Information and registration are available at

November 1, 2018

October 3, 2018
The next article on our article series as part of our centennial activities is
Compilation of Family Lunch and Dinner Recipes by female physicians and medical students from all over the world”
Our aim is to publish the recipes on the MWIA website as monthly teasers in the run up to our Centennial celebration.
All MWIA members are invited to write and send in one lunch or dinner recipe from their home countries. Kindly send in your recipe with your name and country using the template provided with a PDF picture in high resolution. Easy to make, yet nutritious dishes using readily available ingredients are encouraged. Suggestions should be made for ingredient substitutes where necessary. We encourage creativity and originality.
We are looking very much forward to receiving your recipes!

September, 14, 2018
Monthly article series related to MWIA centennial activities just started!
In the lead up to the centennial congress July 25-28, 2019, the MWIA centennial Public Relations Subcommittee is sending out a monthly article on various activities related to the Centennial, or to the history of MWIA and soon to follow a call for cooking recipes. The first in this series presented the outcome of the Centennial Scarf Competition: “The unveiling of the centennial scarf”

June 2018
Timeline for drafting and approving Resolutions
All resolutions must be submitted at least 6 months before a Congress otherwise they will be carried over to the next Congress. All Resolutions must be completed before the Congress. The only exception is if a time critical matter arises during the Congress and one which the President after consulting with the Exco feels cannot wait until the next Congress.

Resolutions can be come from four sources:  national associations, individual  members where there is no national association, regional congresses and members of the MWIA executive.

The draft resolutions will be circulated with the MWIA members 2-3 page guide for General Assemblies 4 weeks in advance of the Congress. Further information and the template for submitting resolutions can be found here:

June 30, 2018
Information for election of MWIA executive
The deadline for sending the nominations
 for VP´s, treasurer, president and secretary general has been closed now.
A detailed Second Special Update with the slate of officers and further information on the Centennial Congress will be coming out later in the year.

The individual job descriptions of the MWIA officers and VP can be found here:

February 2, 2018
First Special update for the congress is online
It can be downloaded here

MWIA election campaigning, principles and procedures
A  code of conduct of elections are summarized here.February 18, 2018