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Young MWIA

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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May 1, 2019
8th Historic teaser: The 9th decade of MWIA – MWIA a strong advocate for Gender Mainstreaming (1999-2008)
In 1994, at the 4th International Conference on Women`s health in Beijing the topic of gender mainstreaming was discussed and MWIA decided to choose gender mainstreaming as one of its top priority topics. Therefore, experts and the MWIA Executive met at a workshop at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy and developed a Training Manual for Gender Mainstreaming in health in 2001. It was published in 2002 and updated in 2013. Later MWIA stood up to its role as an educator once again and published a Training Manual For Adolescent Sexuality in 2004, which was updated 2013. MWIA also continued on fighting for a better health care for children and women. The full ext of the article can be downloaded here.

The April MWIA centennial recipe comes from Italy
This delicious soup is called  is called “Ferrara’s Breadsoup (PANA’)”. It is one of the many recipes in Italian Cuisine which make use of left-over bread (Venetian, Panada, Tuscan, Ribollita, etc). The “la coppa” bread used is a twisted bread which first appeared in Ferrara (city in Italy) on the duke’s table during the 1536 Carnival.  Since then it has been considered Ferrara’s bread of excellence and is still  eaten every day in most families.
You can download the recipe here.

April 13, 2019
It is a pleasure to share with you two fabric square submissions from Thai Medical Women’s Association (TMWA). One is a Thai style tapestry of the centennial logo on ivory – white Thai silk. It is beautifully crafted and we have decided to make it the central piece of the collage.
The second design is also made of silk and shows the emblem of the Thai Medical Women’s Association (TMWA) representing the medical torch under the queen’s crown. More information can be found here.

April  8, 2019
7th Historic teaser: The 8th decade of MWIA – Increasing visibility and the Young Forum is born (1989-1998)
MWIA from inception has had an important voice and influence on issues of interest to medical women e.g. work-life balance, maternity leave, career progression, fighting discrimination, mentoring of young medical doctors and students. Also the MWIA Young Forum was established.
During the general assembly´s held in the 8th decade, the following resolutions were made on Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Gender Related data, Maternal & Child Health, Violence, Child Abuse, Communicable diseases, Smoking and its effect on a child’s health, Aging/ Menopause, cancers & screening, Medical Education & training (1992:9):
Some of statements and resolutions made are still relevant today:

  • MWIA condemns all forms of female genital mutilation and harmful practices
  • MWIA recognized culturally appropriate health education
  • MWIA´s recognition of the HIV pandemic
  • MWIA strongly supported strategies to reduce peri-natal and infant mortality
  • MWIA strongly supported the World Declaration on the Control of Malaria
  • MWIA made an urgent statement for the condemnation of traditional and cultural practices harmful to widows

In 1995 was also the historic Beijing women’s conference where Hilary Clinton proclaimed “Women’s Rights are Human rights”. A landmark celebration during the decade was the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the theme “From Words to Deeds”The full text of the article can be downloaded here.

March 25, 2019
The MWIA March newsletter is available now for downloading!

March 23, 2019
6th Historic teaser: The 7th decade of MWIA - MWIA Celebrates Diamond (60 years) Jubilee (1979-1988)
MWIA grew in number and became more influential during this decade. The young forum was established in 1982 which is now known as the special interest group for young doctors and medical students. During the decade, two member national  associations celebrated their sliver (25 years) jubilee Finland and Thailand. The MWIA historical records were deposited for the first time in the archives of the Women’s Medical College, Pennsylvania and the first regional conference in the Near East & Africa region took place in Jerusalem, Israel. This decade also witnessed the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983 to Dr Barbara McClintock for her discovery of “jumping genes”. The  full text of the article can be downloaded here.

March 17, 2019
MWIA held a successful parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63)
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) has ended its first week at UN Headquarters in New York City. The priority theme is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women, with the review theme being women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development. MWIA was well represented at CSW with members from Australia, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Taiwan, UK, and USA.
MWIA’s parallel event on Wednesday, March 13th was full to overflowing, giving many members the opportunity to highlight their work under the theme of Medical Women and their role in sustainble infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Dr. Gigi Osler, President of the Canadian Medical Association, and Dr. Ching-Yi Lin, legislator at large in Taiwan, were the two keynote speakers. The picture above shows the speakers at the MWIA parallel event.
Sincere thanks goes to Dr. Satty Gill Keswani and Dr. Padmini Murthy, MWIA’s permanent reps to the UN, for the work they do all year long at the UN on our behalf. The picture below shows Drs. Keswani,Murthy and Ross in front of the health display at the UN Headquarters.Please see a full report for all CSW activities here.

March 16, 2019
MWIA CENTENNIAL COLLAGE INITIATIVE- FABRIC SQUARE FROM MALIThe Network of Women Doctors of Mali (RFM) shared with us this fabric square submission which is made of cotton, and is woven traditionally in the whole country. This square of traditional fabric was dyed using a traditional technique known in Mali as “Bogolan”. “Bogolan” is traditionally worn by hunters who use it both as camouflage and ritual protection. It is also a customary belief that this fabric has the power to absorb dangerous forces released during childbirth.
The map shown on the front is that of Mali and the colors green, gold and red are the colors of the national flag, which is embroidered by hand. The ideogram that borders the square of fabric expresses the bravery of the women.
More information can be found here.

March 15, 2019
March  MWIA centennial recipe is available for download- Chicken with galangal in coconut milk soup from Thailand
This delicious dish is called Thai Tom Kha Gai. This homemade recipe is adapted for modern day lifestyle. In earlier times cooks would do everything without measurements and use fresh coconut milk from scratch.
You can download the recipe here.

March 4, 2019
Perception and Use of Contraceptives Among Kenyan Youth
Please read this inspiring and thought-provoking well-written blog by Dr. Beverly Johnson – immediate past president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC). FMWC is a member national association of MWIA.
She traveled to Kenya in the fall of 2018 to attend the regional meeting Africa & Near East of the Medical Women´s International Association (MWIA). There, she and Dr. Clarissa Fabre from the UK ( President-Elect of MWIA) discussed the issues surrounding contraception in young women in Kenya. They knew they wanted to share their stories globally.The picture shows Dr. Bev Johnson, FMWC, Dr. Yvonee Olwang’, Dr. Michelle Musoga and Dr. Clarissa Fabre, MWIA.

February 28, 2019
Program of parallel side event during CSW organized at the United Nations in New York by MWIA is available now
The title of MWIA´s event is ” How Women Doctors Provide Infrastructure for Gender Equality” to commemorate the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Date: March 13th, 2019 1030 – 1200 hours
Venue: Gallery Room, Armenian Convention Centre 630-2nd Avenue
The priority theme for this year´s CSW is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. The review theme is “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development”.
Link to the flyer

February 21, 2019
MWIA condemns all forms of sexual harassment, sexism and bullying in medicine
Lately, there were many global reports on sexual harassment, sexism and bullying of female physicians and female medical students. Commenting on this, MWIA president Prof. Bettina Pfleiderer said: “Those reports clearly show that the measures adopted so far have not solved this problem. Medical associations need to play an active part in tackling these human right violations!”  At the last international congress held in Vienna in 2016, MWIA had already passed a resolution that clearly stated that “health workers are entitled to work free from occupational stress and threat (in a safe environment, free from harassment, discrimination, violence, verbal and physical bullying)”. In response to this resolution, MWIA had conducted a member survey asking questions about harassment, discrimination, violence, verbal and physical bullying. MWIA’ s scientific committee is using the results of this survey to draft a policy and guideline document which serves as an advocacy tool and guide used in tackling this form of violence against female physicians and female students. It is planned to present this document at our coming MWIA Centennial Congress in July 2019.

Resolution Passed in Vienna 2016
Resolution No. 5. Violence against Health workers. Whereas patient-initiated violence against health workers has serious health effects on the health workers and the community.
MWIA resolves that health workers are entitled to work free from occupational stress and threat (in a safe environment, free from harassment, discrimination, violence, verbal and physical bully

Press statement in English for download
Press statement in Spanish for downloadMWIA condena todas las formas de acoso sexual, sexismo y bullying en la medicina!

Updated: February 2019
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.
Submissions are to be made by National Coordinators onsite, at the Conference venue registration desk. Members of the Public Relations subcommittee will be available to receive your entries.  Please indicate to Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi (elenwad(add) by April 1, 2019 the name and email of the national association member who will be bringing the collage to the Centennial Congress.  For planning purposes, the picture of the collage square needs to be emailed by May 31, 2019. As a frame needs to be purchased to display the collage, this prior notification is essential if you wish your square to be displayed. Kindly note, that bringing the square to the Congress without prior notification will mean that your square will not be displayed due to limited space on the frame size.

February 17, 2019
Next MWIA centennial recipe is available for download - Bulgogi, Easy Korean BBQ beef
The dish’s origins stretch back to the Goguryeo era (37 B.C. to 668 A.D.), the evolution of a kebab-like skewered meat preparation called Maekjeok, Maek is a reference to Goguryeo which is one of the earliest Korean kingdom. Bulgogi was collectively regarded as the most popular food in Korea.
As Koreans immigrated to the U.S and other countries. They naturally brought Bulgogi with them. In Western, Bulgogi’s evolution appears to have continued in subtle ways: Here, you’ll less often see Bulgogi’s brothy form, and “grilled” varieties are sometimes prepared in a hot stovetop skillet, perhaps a reflection that many American homes lack charcoal braziers or even a grill. Here is the recipe with some historic background information on Bulgogi.

February 15, 2019
The production of our centennial MWIA scarf based on the design of Associate Professor Marina Di Domenico from Napoli in Italy has just started.More information on the design and designer can be found here.
Do you want to get our own centennial scarf?
Scarves can be ordered through a pre-payment during registration for the centennial meeting in New York.
If you missed out on ordering a scarf during your registration, there is still the chance to order your own scarf now. The cost for a microfiber scarf is 40 USD and the cost for a scarf made of Italian silk is 60 USD.
If you are not attending the centennial meeting, please find someone who has registered and partner with them to order an extra scarf for yourself.
Please note, we can only promise that there will still be scarves available for you to buy when ordered by the end of March; we cannot promise that there will still be scarves available for sale in New York!!

February 12, 2109
5th Historic teaser: MWIA witnessed its golden (50 years) Jubilee celebration (1969-1978)
The decade begins in 1969 with the establishment of the permanent Secretariat in Vienna and a celebration of its golden jubilee. The opening ceremony at the 12th International MWIA congress in Melbourne Australia was a roaring success. MWIA members all celebrated when the Australian medical women doctors won equal pay with their male colleagues in 1969.
The MWIA President joined with others to encourage the United Nations to declare 1974 as “World Population Year“ and the 14th international congress was held in Manila, Brazil to celebrate this achievement. Dr. S. Oludayisi Oduntan who attended this Brazil Congress came back to her country of Nigeria, inspired and in 1976 the first medical women association from black Africa was inaugurated in Nigeria (MWAN).
The decade also saw the end of a three year Biafra civil war of starvation that took place from 1968 to 1970, when photographs of starving children with huge distended stomachs adorned television screens and the front pages of newspapers. Documented by Chinua Achebe in “There Was a Country“, and the award winning fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun. The full text of the article can be downloaded here.

February 6, 2019
MWIA February recipe available for download 
We have shared recipes from Nigeria, Brazil, Australia and France so far. This recipe is from the American Medical Women Association and describes how you can prepare homemade biscuits of Appalachia.
This recipe is a family favourite from the hills of Appalachia because it requires very few ingredients. It is a very modifiable recipe. People tend to vary it and even roll the dough out in different ways. The author recommends playing with the recipe and experimenting!

January 28, 2019
4th Historic teaser: Under the glass ceiling (1959-1968)
The decade of 1960s comes across as a time when although females were allowed to pursue a medical degree and practice medicine afterwards, it was still a challenge of astronomical proportions;  change is not easy to bring about. Even though medical schools had started to admit female medical students in the 1940s, the number remained low; e.g. in 1968, female medical students accounted for 20 – 25% of all medical students in the UK. MWIA was an important ambassador of change already 50 years ago.
In 1963,
the 9st International MWIA congress was held at the Manila Philippines Auditorium named after Dr Esther Lovejoy at the Congress. This was also the first International MWIA congress in Far East. An extraordinary general meeting was held in Norway with 585 participants from 26 countries. The full text of the article can be downloaded here.

January 27, 2019
Second Special update for the congress is online
The Second Special Update regarding the MWIA Centennial Congress being held in New York City July 25-28, 2019 can be downloaded here
In the first section which provides information about the Congress, there are a number of time-limited opportunities that may interest you.
In the following sections, there are requests of particular interest to the National Coordinators and Presidents of each National Association to provide their information that will then appear in the Congress Report as a permanent record.  This information needs to be with the Secretariat at secretariat(add) by April 1st at the latest.
Please take time to note these deadlines.
Should you have any questions about the congress visit the website at
Any tweets should have the hashtag #MWIA100
MWIA lis looking forward to seeing you in New York City!

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 14, 2019
Join us for the Central European Regional Congress of Medical Women’s International Association in Tbilisi (Georgia) – 17-18 May, 2019
“We invite you to the beautiful and warm country, well known by its traditions and hospitality. Wish you best journeys in Tbilisi,” – Congress Organizing Committee.
The Congress topic is “Actual Topics on Women’s Health” and the Congress scientific program is dedicated to different topics and social problems of women’s health, gender differences in the course and treatment of different diseases.
Registration for the congress has just opened and further information can be found here and here:
Early bird registration ends March 1, 2019.

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. 

January 1, 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 15, 2018
The MWIA December newsletter is available now for downloading!

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.
We have added to the program: a Story Slam, MWIA Centennial Film (send us your videos!), art display, and more.
Posters will still be accepted on a rolling basis. Submission ( deadline is February 28, 2019.

December 8, 2018
Film and Medicine
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) presents a CME program on Myalgic Encephalopathy (Chronic Fatigue) through the award-winning, critically acclaimed film Unrest.

December 4, 2018
Early bird registration for the MWIA Centennial Congress has been extended until December 31, 2018!
By popular demand, the early bird prices for the MWIA centennial meeting has been extended through the end of the year. Take advantage of this special offer and save $50 by using the coupon code December! In addition to luminary keynotes, a robust scientific program and poster session, there will be hands on workshops, networking, free coaching, free resume/CV review, free marketing consults, paint night, a sand artist show, musical performances, a story slam, and options for tours, Broadway shows, and more!
This promises to be the largest gathering of women physicians in the world. Plans are also underway for a special event at the United Nations and a special educators’ session. There will also be programming for trainees and students of all levels.
There are also further activities MWIA members can participate- for more information please see the invite of the LOC here.
Information and registration are available at

November 2018
2nd Historic teaser: Medical women in the Second World War and later
In the third decade of MWIA (1939-1948) there had been no MWIA meetings for 9 years. In 1947, the fifth MWIA Congress was held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 350 members with the theme: What are the responsibilities of Medical Women in the Reconstruction of the World, as Physicians, Social Workers, Internationalists?
In this decade women were allowed to study medicine in many countries, for example Harvard Medical School finally started to admit women in 1945. Also  Gerty Cori became the first female doctor to win the Nobel Prize in the category of medicine and physiology in 1947.
Interested to learn more about the third decade of MWIA and medical women history? Here is the link to the full article with pictures. 

November 24, 2018
Medical women in the Second World War and later
In the third decade of MWIA (1939-1948) there had been no MWIA meetings for 9 years. In 1947, the fifth MWIA Congress was held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 350 members with the theme: What are the responsibilities of Medical Women in the Reconstruction of the World, as Physicians, Social Workers, Internationalists?
In this decade women were allowed to study medicine in many countries, for example Harvard Medical School finally started to admit women in 1945. Also  Gerty Cori became the first female doctor to win the Nobel Prize in the category of medicine and physiology in 1947.

Interested to learn more about the third decade of MWIA and medical women history? Here is the link to the full article with pictures.

This is the second of our centennial historical articles series highlighting MWIA´s history till the centennial congress in New York in July 2019.

November 18, 2018
Call for activity for the centennial reports of the yMWIA
As you know the MWIA Centennial is less than a year ahead of us. In preparation of this great conference, the yMWIA executive would like to write a report with all of our activities. Even if your work is still in progress, we sincerely hope you can find some time to share an abstract or to send your report to us. Thank you!
For more information, please see this letter. 

November 15, 2018
MWIA supports the campaign to raise awareness for the impact diabetes has on health!
At 14th November, 2018 the world celebrated the  World Diabetes Day. The day was first introduced in 1991 to raise awareness about diabetes: its causes, its prevention and the devastating effect it has on human lives and healthcare systems worldwide.The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 was The Family and Diabetes.
The campaign is to raise awareness of the impact Diabetes has on the family and the main areas of focus are: Discover Diabetes, Prevent Diabetes and Manage Diabetes. MWIA supports this campaign – please see your statement here.

November 2, 2018
First November recipe available for download

We invite you to try the November recipe Brigadeiro – A Brazilian Treat as we count down to the MWIA centennial celebration in New York City. Registration is now open and only a click away.

November 1, 2018

  • The actual MWIA centennial congress program prospectus can be downloaded here
  • Also there a some further information of the American LOC where MWIA members can participate at the centennial congress. Please have a look here!
  • A letter from the centennial bazaar subcommittee can be downloaded here.

October 29, 2018
MWIA was celebrating its 99 birthday a few days ago!
The association was officially formed on October 25, 1919 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.
Interested to learn more about the first two decades of MWIA? Here is the link to the full article with pictures.
This is the first of our centennial historical articles series highlighting MWIA´s history till the centennial congress in New York in July 2019.

October 9, 2018
First October recipe available for download
We invite you to try the October recipe Agidi with Tomato Stew and Lemon Grass Tea as we count down to the MWIA centennial celebration in New York City.

Link to all articles related to MWIA centennial activities

October 3, 2018
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!

October 2, 2018
The MWIA September newsletter is available now for downloading!

September 26, 2018
Congratulation to MWIA president Bettina Pfleiderer for receiving one of the nine Eurasian Women Forum awards 2018 for her work on global health
Valentina Matvienko, the chairwoman of Russian Federation Council and chairwoman of the CIS IPU Assembly, presented the award of nine nominations to female leaders from Russia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Ireland and Germany. “You have gained the appreciation of the global female elite. You have made the world better” – said V. Matvienko and congratulated the participants.
The Award was presented for the first time during the first Eurasian Women’s Forum in 2015. It symbolizes the appreciation of women’s achievements in the realization of today’s global problems by overcoming the difficulties in the fight for reaching global security and sustainable development. The Award is presented to distinguishing women activists who deserved it for their work. Bettina Pfleiderer was nominated in the category: “Medical women”.

September 19, 2018
Bettina Pfleiderer attended Second Eurasian Women´s Forum on behalf of MWIA in St. Petersburg in Russia from September 19-21, 2018.
The Eurasian Women’s Forum is an important platform for discussing the role of women in society by global female leaders. The Forum was organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS). The Forum topic was ‘Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development’. About 2000 participants from about 110 countries were present. Mrs. Pfleiderer gave input on female leadership and the role of NGOs in interparliamentary dialogues. It was a very stimulating and interesting meeting.
The outcome document of the Forum can be found here:

September 16, 2018
Thank you to the Thai Medical Women´s Asspociation for organzing the  Central Asia MWIA regional meeting!

The theme of the congress was: “Women’s Well-Being: A Global Perspective”. This was a wonderfully organized congress led by Prof. Emeritus Khun Nanta Maranetra, MD, President of the Thai Medical Women’s Association (TMWA) and her team with over 200 participants. The talks were of high scientific quality, they made us all feel very welcome and we made many new MWIA friends. The MWIA executive attended the 8th MWIA regional “Central Asia” congress (CARC) in Bangkok September 6-8, 2018, as well and hold their Executive meeting afterwards..
Thank you to the TMWA and the MWIA VP Central Asia Dr. Piyanetr Sukhu from Thailand for a fantastic Congress!
A youtube video about the congress and TV interview with MWIA president Bettina Pfleiderer introducing MWIA to the audience can be viewed under this link:

September 14, 2018
“The unveiling of the centennial scarf”
After a very rigorous process, we now have an MWIA centennial scarf!
The process which started on the 1st of July 2018 had 12 entries from 5 countries. It was a very difficult choice to make, because all the entries were novel, well connected to the Centennial theme, and appealing. However, only one design could be chosen as the winning entry. The winning scarf was designed by Associate Professor Marina Di Domenico from Napoli in Italy.
The winning MWIA scarf design by Marina features the central MWIA logo surrounded by different flowers, as diverse as medical women belonging to the Association”.
More information on the artist and the scarf can be found here:…/uploads/2018/09/MWIA_SEPTEMBER_TEASER.pdf
More information on the two other finalists of the competition and their design can be found here:

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”

August, 15, 2018
Medical Women´s International Association (MWIA) supports the request to end the campaign against physicians in Turkey
MWIA is deeply concerned that the Turkish Government dismissed leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) from public service and terminated family medicine contracts of TMA Council members. In addition, TMA leaders continue to be bullied and dismissed after issuing a statement describing war as a threat to public health with a special focus on Syria in January 2018.

MWIA fully endorses the request of the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) to stop harassing TMA leaders, and to reinstate them to their previous positions. MWIA fully supports TMA´s struggle for upholding human rights and ending all forms of war-related violence.

The MWIA press release can be downloaded here

July 26, 2018
MWIA express solidarity and urges immediate action by global community to restore Human Rights in Nicaragua
The Medical Women’s International Association- is troubled following by reports of recent acts of continued violence in Nicaragua against students, civilians, clergy members and media personnel.
We, the members of MWIA collectively call upon world leaders, the various UN agencies and international judiciary joining with calls from our non-governmental associations’ and academic colleagues to take immediate action against the unacceptable situation in Nicaragua.
Please see the full text of our press statement here
The Spanish version of our press statement can be found here

July 13, 2018
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.

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:

May 5, 2018
MWIA regional meeting Near East and Africa
Invitation to attend the  in Nairobi, Kenya- 11-15th of November, 2018. The theme is :“Accelerating Women’s Health Agenda: Priorities and Opportunities Through SDG’s.

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April 17, 2018
MWIA admitted as new associated organization member of CPME
The Standing Committee of European doctors (CPME) approved MWIA´s membership application with an approval rate of 100 %. MWIA president Bettina Pfleiderer was in Brussels in Belgium last Saturday to introduce MWIA to the delegates from 32 European countries. MWIA is looking forward to working with CPME on behalf of women and children.
Please read the full press release which states: ” The General Assembly of the Standing Committee of European Doctors admitted the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) as new CPME associated organisation member.
MWIA will contribute to raise awareness within CPME on the whole scope of gender medicine, i.e. the differences between men and women as patients and as health professionals, and on key issues such as maternity leave, career progression and fighting discrimination. We look forward to working together with MWIA to reinforce doctors’ visibility and strengthens our influence at European and global level. ” said Dr Jacques de Haller, CPME President.”

The MWIA march is online now.
Download the update here.

March 29, 2018
The MWIA centennial congress website is open now!

Please consider submitting an abstract for a presentation or a poster. The deadline for abstract submission is September 1, 2018. Please share this information within your professional networks. We are looking forward to welcoming you all at the centennial congress in New York next summer.

February 9, 2018
Passing of Dr. Waltraud Diekhaus
Waltraud Diekhaus, a former MWIA secretary general for 9 years (1998-2007) and former MWIA vice president central Europe for 6 years (2007-2013) passed at the

Waltraud_Diekhaus4th of February at the age of 76. Waltraud Diekhaus was passionate about MWIA, women´s empowerment, gender medicine and received many honors and awards. She was not only respected but loved by many who considered her a friend. She was also a mentor to many younger colleagues and a strong advocate for women in medicine.

MWIA received many letters of condolence after the news of her passing was shared within MWIA´s membership and MWIA would like to thank all of them for their warm words.
We will always keep her in our hearts!

February 2, 2018
First congress update New York

January 13, 2018
Oration awards for Padmini Murthy and Bettina Pfleiderer
MWIA president Prof. Dr. Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer and MWIA Vice president for the region North America Prof. Dr.Padmini Murthy were attending the national conference of the Association of the Medical Women in India (AMWI) in Mumbai (India) last month. MWIA congratulates Dr. Murthy for receiving the Homai Collabawalla Oration Award and Dr. Pfleiderer for receiving the Dr.Usha Sariya president Oration Award from the from the Association of Medical Women in India Mumbai Branch.

Dr. Pfleiderer receiving the Dr. Usha Sariya president oration award

Dr.Pfleiderer is framed by Dr. Usha Sariya, the oration donator (right to MWIA president) and Dr. Vandana Walvekar, national AMWI president (left).

Dr. Murthy receiving Homai Collabawalla Oration Award


December 22, 2017

December 17 , 2017
MWIA December 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

Decembr 13th, 2017
MWIA is on Facebook, please have a look:

MWIA Facebook page

MWIA has a new flyer
English Version and in gray for black-white-printers
Spanish Version and in gray for black-white-printers
Portuguese version

Co-signment of MWIA of written statement for the  62nd CSW 2018
MWIA has co-signed the written statement submitted by the Swedish Women’s Lobby with regard to the review theme, “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women” (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session) for  the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March, 2018. Please find the written statement here.

October 10, 2016
Visit to the Hamlin
 Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
MWIA´s president elect, Dr. Clarissa Fabre visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Founded in 1974 by Drs Catherine and Reginald Hamlin, it now has five satellite sites in Ethiopia as well as the main hospital in Addis Ababa. Around 4000 patients with fistulae are still treated each year (the photo shows 3 staff members of the hospital). The Hamlin Fistula Hospital now trains 20 midwives each year on a four year degree course. The midwives come from these poor rural communities and will return there once their course is completed.MWIA fully commends the work of the Hamlin Hospital and will cooperate in any way that it can!  The  full report of Dr. Fabre´s visit can be found here.

October 1, 2017
MWIA September 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

September 26,2017
Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. Usha Saraiya
Dr. Usha Sariya, past MWIA vice president for Central Asia (2013-2016) received the Lifetime Achievement Awardby AOGIN, India (Asia Oceania research organisation on Genital Infections and Neoplasia) for her contribution to Cytopathology & Colposcopy. The Award Ceremony took place at Lucknow on 9th September at the 8th International Conference of AOGIN. The photograph shows Dr. Saraiya (middle), Dr. Neerja Bhatla, Founder President AOGIN, India & Dr. Shalini Rajaram, Current President conducting the ceremony.MWIA congratulates Dr. Sariya to this great honor!

September 25, 2017
Report – MWIA Western Pacific Regional Conference 2017 in Hong Kong
A total of 247 participants from 12 countries and regions worldwide attended the Western Pacific Regional Conference 2017  in Hong Kong on 25-27 August 2017.  This was a well organized conference with inspiring talks and great networking opportunities. 3 resolutions were drafted and will be submitted to Ethics and Resolution Committee.  The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) will nominate the incoming Vice President of MWIA (Western Pacific Region) and the result will be announced by Dec 2017.  Korea Medical Women Association (KMWA) will organize the next Regional Conference; Philippines Medical Women Association (PMWA) will host a Regional Business Meeting in Cebu to further discuss the governance and collaborations among the various national associations in the region.

August 3, 2017
The congress report on the 30th international MWIA congress in Vienna 2016 is available for download now

July 1, 2017
MWIA June 2017 is online nowPlease download the update here

June 6,  2017
Congratulations to the Medical Women´s Federation
The Great Hall of the British Medical Association in London was the venue for the main conference, entitled 100 Years of Medical Women Past Present and Future. It was a day full of excellent speakers on topics covering all eras and speaking of a bright future for women in medicine as we move into the next 100 years. MWIA president Bettina Pfleiderer (red blazer) and MWF president Parveen Kumar (to her right) were cutting the centenial cake  (photo to the left). A detailed report can be found here!

Please mark your calendars now for the MWIA Centennial Congress to be held in New York July 24-27, 2019, where we will continue to celebrate women in medicine!

April 21, 2017
50/50 Day – Global Conversation on Gender Equality
The American Medical Women’s Association has partnered with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain on 50/50 day to promote a global conversation about gender equality and have asked MWIA to participate.
There is a great trailer (watch 2 min trailer) and a 20 min film (watch film)available.
Information can be found on AMWA´s website

April 19th, 2017
Dr. Keswani Receives Award from St. Barnabas RWJ Hospital
On March 22, 2017, Dr. Satty Gill Keswani, MWIA´s UN representative, was honored at the Physician Service Awards for a distinguished career of over 40 years of work at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She is proud to have been part of the Saint Barnabas OBGYN staff, and have practiced her specialty in Reproductive Medicine. MWIA is proud to have her as our  member and congratulates Dr. Keswani to her great achievements. Her biography can be found here.

March 30, 2017
New March 2017 MWIA newsletter is online.

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