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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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NEWS January – December 2013

MWIA congratulates Dr. Dra. Barchelet

MWIA sends a congratulatory message Dr. Barchelet on her election to the position of President of Chile. Dra. Barchelet was the former Executive Director of UN women.

December 2, 2013
MWIA is saddened to report the passing of Dr. Dorothy Ward on December 2, 2013.  Dr. Ward was President of MWIA from 1992-1995. She belonged to the Medical Women’s Federation for 51 years and was their National Coordinator for 25 years. She wrote the book entitled “They Cure in a Motherly Spirit:  History of the Medical Women’s International Association.”
She was a wonderful all around woman, great family physician, mentor, role
model, medical politician and author.
MWIA sends its condolences to her family.

November 26, 2013
MWIA Launches New Webinar Series in Recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 
We are keen on hosting as many speakers as MWIA has experts, so we are asking our members to suggest Speakers that you would find interesting, and also in the case that you would like to present work of your own, to submit an abstract of up to 200 words with the title of your work and your credentials to or Deadline to submit is Dec 20th, 2013.
More information can be found here.

November 25, 2013
Prevention and elimination of violence against women – still a long way to go! 25th of Novemer is the international day of prevention of violence against women. The Medical Women’s International Association asks why — with so much talk about preventing and eliminating violence against women –does the situation not improve? The answer must lie in the concept of gender and health. Full text of press release.

November 4,2013
A Major Honor for Professor Bong Ok Kim
MWIA  congratulates Professor Bong Ok Kim in the Picture right), chairwomen of the MWIA scientific and research committee to her appointment as director of the Chungnam National University Hospital. She is the first female director of a National University Hospital in South Korea! MWIA President Prof. Kyung Ah park (in the Picture, left) held a congratulatory speech at her inauguration.

September 20, 2013
MWIA survey and domestic on sexual violence
The theme our MWIA president Professor Kyung-Ah Park has chosen for this triennium is Preventing and Eliminating Domestic and Sexual Violence. MWIA plans to draft a training manual taking into account the input given by its national MWIA membership. To assist you in providing the information we need, MWIA has developed a short survey with questions to gather regional/national situational information with room for expansion if you wish to give more information. Extended Deadline: November 15, 2013

Please help us by providing that important information by answering these questions!

Please download the survey here. Thank you!

September 11, 2013
The abstract book of the 29th International Congress of MWIA in Seoul (31 July -3 August ) can be downloaded here. A photogallery with over 1000 photos and a video is now on the congress website available for downloading. 
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August 3, 2013
Record attendance at International MWIA congress
MWIA congratulates the Korean Medical Women´s Association for organizing such  outstanding 29th International MWIA congress in Seoul entiteld  “Medical Women Advance Global Health” that has just ended. Over the course of four days more than 1100 attendants discussed many issues facing medical women today.

August 3, 2013
Professor Kyung Ah Park new MWIA president
Election new MWIA presidentNew MWIA president 2013-2016 ist Prof. Kyung Ah Park from Korea. She follows Professor Afua Hesse from Ghana. The foto shows immediate past president Afua Hesse (left) and president Kyung Ah Park. President-elect is Prof. Bettina Pfleiderer from Germany.

I hope MWIA can be recognized as THE most important organization when the world is making decisions on medical women, women and children’s health and domestic and sexual violence.

The president´s inauguration address  can be downloaded here.

August 3, 2013
Dr. Padmini Murthy received Dr. Jhirad Oration Award
Dr. Murthy our MWIA UN representative in New York received at the 29 th International MWIA congress in Seoul, Korea, the Dr. Jerusha Jhirad Oration Award of the Association of the Medical Women of India for her outstanding orations the had given on behalf of MWIA. A short summary of her talk “Women’s Health is Societies’ Wealth” presented in Seoul can be found here. MWIA congratulates Dr. Murthy.

August 1, 2013
MWIA is proud to stand for women’s rights
MWIA strongly regrets the politicalization of women’s reproductive health by listed speakers at our 29th International Congress of MWIA who would deny women their basic right to choice. More Information can be found in this press release.

July 24, 2013
NGO Committee on the Status of Women’s Executive Committee for 2013-2015 On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the NGO CSW/NY held its monthly members’ meeting, in which the officers and members of the executive committee for 2013-2015 were elected. Dr. Padmini Murthy, MWIA UN representative was elected as Corresponding/Communications Secretary. MWIA congratulates Dr. Murthy! For more Information see here.

July 10, 2013
Here you can find the congress report of 28th International Congress of MWIA held in Munster, 2010 congress report

July 6, 2013
Revised version of the MWIA gender mainstreaming in health and adolsecent sexuality manuals are online!

Please find the manuals here

April 8, 2013
MWIA partners with NextGenU to provide an online training course for Violence Against Women and Obstetrics and Gynecology is the world’s first portal where anyone, anywhere in the world can Access university- and graduate-level courses for free, for credit, through recognized accredited institutions and organizations. For now concentrate its trainings (courses, certificates, residencies, etc.) primarily in the health sciences, using expert-created competencies and resources. They use cutting-edge educational innovations, including computer-based learning  resources,  local  and  web-based  peer-to-peer  interaction,  and  skills-based mentoring experiences. Their first courses are: *Emergency Medicine, Climate Change and Health* and *Environmental Health*. More Information: see here.

March 28, 2013
MWIA wrote letter to US President Obama regarding USAID Unfortunately, the use of rape to disempower women is prevalent worldwide. Not only do women suffer the immediate emotional trauma and chronic mental illness from this sexual assault but are often left with sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. To deny women the right to terminate such an unwanted pregnancy is unjust. MWIA wrote a letter to US president Obama asking him to issue an executive order lifting the US abortion restrictions on USAID. The letter can be found here.

March 15, 2013
Dr. Satty Gill Keswani, Dr. Mini Murthy, Dra. Michelle Bachelet, Dr. Shelley Ross and Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi received awards

The picture shows Dr. Satty Gill Keswani and Dr. Mini Murthy, our  MWIA UN reps with Dra. Michelle Bachelet, Director of UN Women.  Dra. Bachelet was receiving the Presidential citation from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) today in New York. Dr. Keswani and Dr. Murthy received the  Service Recognition award from AMWA for their work at the United Nations. Dr. Mini Murthy had also been awarded the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) Woman of the Year Award in February 2013. A Humanitarian award from Nation to Nation Networking in conjunction with the 57th UN CSW was presented to Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Finance Chair of MWIA and President of Widows Development Organisation for her service to women and widows. MWIA general secretary Dr. Shelley Ross received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. MWIA congratulates them all!

March 10, 2013
MWIA participated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York MWIA general secretary Shelley Ross, as NGO representative on the Canadian delegation, was able to arange for MWIA a workshop in the 57th UN CSW entitled “Women Doctors and the Health System in the Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls”  on March 7th at the 57th UNCSW.  The presentations of the workshop can be found here, as well as a press release >>

A parallel MWIA event “Women Doctors and the Health System in the Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls” with the Co–Sponsors – American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), National Council of Women USA (NCW) and UNA-USA Southern NY State Division – was held  on  March 5th 2013.

Also, the Australian federation of medical women, the Victorian medical Society and  MWIA held a workshop entitled “Women Doctors and the role of the Health Care System in Response to Violence Against Women ”  on March 11th. The Flyer can be seen here. More Information on this UNCSW event can be found in this newsletter.

February 15, 2013
MWIA´s manual on gender mainstreaming has been translated to portuguese Our Training Manual for Gender Mainsteraming in Health has been translated by Anna Maria Martits and revised by Marilene Melo from the Brazilian Association of Medical Women now. The portuguese version can be found here.

February 4, 2013 MWIA member associations of Mexico and Egypt have much to offer! MWIA wants to faciliate networking and thus various MWIA member associations will be featured on a regular basis. The first associations to be introduced are Mexico and Egypt.