The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) is an association of medical women and students representing women doctors from six continents and eight regions. Founded in 1919, MWIA is one of the oldest professional international bodies and is non-sectarian and non-profit making.
It serves as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of medical women and medical students from different countries and cultures around the globe.
- MWIA has an important global political 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. We campaign and stand up for women’s rights.
- MWIA initiates and supports scientific projects as part of multicenter studies and grant proposals related to refugee health, violence, sex/gender sensitive medicine, health and well-being of physicians locally, nationally and globally.
- MWIA has developed training modules for physicians e.g. on gender mainstreaming, violence against women and girls, and adolescent sexuality.
- MWIA strengthens and raises the profile of medical women. It serves as a platform for medical women and students to foster dialogue and action on various health issues internationally e.g. female genital mutilation, women’s reproductive health, maternal and infant mortality.