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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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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!

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 Docors (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

November 3, 2017
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.

August 3, 2017
Refugees Flee Venezuela in Midst of Humanitarian Crisis
Medical Women’s International Association calls upon the International Community to respond urgently to the plight of the people of Venezuela who are in the midst of a democratic and humanitarian crisis. See the press release here.

November 25, 2014
MWIA statement for the International Day for the elimination of violence
Now is the time to stand up and stop Violence Against Women.  November 25thin the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. MWIA is pleased to be writing a Training Manual for Physicians on Ending Violence Against Women, to ensure that we know how best to offer support.  The time for action is NOW!
See the statement here

October 27, 2014
MWIA statement for the UN Commission on the status of women (CSW) 2015
This statement will be printed in their proceedings.

June 30, 2014
Statement from the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and Medical Women’s Federation UK (MWF)
The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and the Medical Women’s Federation UK (MWF) strongly support Amnesty International in their new campaign ‘Occupational Hazards’, focusing on the threats that many Afghan women face just doing their jobs. Please see the full statement here.

May 11, 2014
MWIA speaks out strongly against the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram
MWIA statement

February 15, 2014
MWIA Response to the Lancet Article, Intimate Partner Violence and HIV: Unwelcome Accomplices by Hannah Cagney
The Lancet Article
MWIA response

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.

August 1, 2013
MWIA is proud to stand for women’s right
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.

March 8, 2013
Ending violence against women
Members of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) and its mother organization, the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) know what it is to be on the front line when women and girls are victims of violence. MWIA feels that is time that doctors become an important part of the multidisciplinary team necessary to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Women doctors need to be part of the discussion. Read full press release >>

September 19, 2012
MWIA supports the campaign “Keep your mitts off our muffs”
The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) takes a stand against cosmetic vaginal rejuvenation and supports the campaign “Keep your mitts off our muffs”. Women are being pressured into thinking that all labia need to look the same and that if they differ, it is cause for surgery.  Read full press release >>

July 2, 2012
Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) will support Georgia to found a Gender Medicine Institute
Take action for healthier women to get a healthier world. Gender knowledge in medicine needs to be fostered in medical curricula and in all medical textbooks and instruction leaflets. Read full press release >>

November 2011
Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) on Wednesday called for female specific medical research to reduce the burden of epidemic, especially AIDS among women worldwide.
“In every region of the world, more adult women than ever before are now living with HIV,” Read full press release >>