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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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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”

September 1, 2018
MWIA centennial congress- abstract submissions for oral presentations are not longer possible!
Please consider submitting an abstract for  a poster. Abstracts for posters are still possible to submit. 
If you would like to submit an abstract for a poster  presentation please go to and click on ‘Posters‘.
Deadline for Poster abstract submissions: February 28, 2019.

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.

More information under:

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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