Presidential Update - Autumn 2018

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11 October 2018

Four months since the wonderful MWF Spring Conference in Cardiff, I have now settled into my role as President and have a full list of great events and updates to pass on to our members.

The first thing I would urge you to do is to join Twitter, it takes five minutes to set up and will give you daily updates on my visits and talks representing MWF as well as keeping you updated on MWF matters. It will make you part of the wider female medical network both nationally and internationally. There are thousands of us conversing and supporting each other on all topics from leadership to mentoring. Many are Past Presidents of MWF, others are juniors just beginning their careers in medicine, and all are linked up to the very active Central Office team. Please make this the time you decide to learn something new, I certainly may never have started if Olwen Williams, our MWF Vice President, had not persuaded me!

In May I also managed to fit in a talk to primary care doctors on Women and Mental Health. Being a psychiatrist I was keen to ensure the topic of mental health remains on the agenda for MWF throughout my two years as president.

Taking over this role at the time of an independent review of the gender pay gap in medicine, led by Dame Jane Dacre’s working group, has been an opportunity to be present at the meetings and represent MWF on national issues. I am grateful to Sally Davies, MWF Past President, for continuing the good work for MWF on this committee. We look forward to having Dame Jane speak at our November Conference and provide a look into the progress of the review. The Conference owes a lot to Neena Modi, our President-Elect, as she was energetic and goal-directed in her recruitment of many of the high profile speakers. We hope you will register to join us for the unmissable experience.

Our regular Officers’ meetings at the MWF offices have been busy with a significant amount of time spent discussing three things close to my heart: The need to increase membership, the need to fundraise and raise our profile and the need to involve male colleagues as affiliate members in order not to be perceived as excluding others in our wish to remain committed to our original aims. We feel we have come up with a variety of promising changes to address these priorities and these will be discussed at Council in November.

In July we attended the NHS70 Awards for Women in Leadership at Senate House, it was a special afternoon and we met several new members there.

Throughout the last four months since taking over the role of President I have been on many radio and tv programmes and have been interviewed by many newspapers in my role as spokesperson on behavioural addictions for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. At every interview and indeed at every lecture national and international, I have made it clear to all that my MWF role was a valued and special one, this often led to topics on women being discussed and questions asked. I would urge you all to make sure you include MWF in all your talks. Let’s wear our badges at every meeting!

I look forward to meeting many new members and seeing old ones at our November dinner and Conference.

I hope to see all our members making special efforts to support our organisation over the next year. We are welcoming a team of 20 people to run the Winter 10km race on February 3rd 2019 in aid of MWF and look forward to using the funds we raise, to make MWF more able to support young female doctors in all their needs. Details on how you can sponsor us will be circulated very shortly!

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

MWF President

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Team MWF at London Winter Run 2019

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26 September 2018

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Today is National Fitness Day, and to celebrate we welcome you to join us to take part in the 2019 Cancer Research UK London Winter Run on Sunday 3rd of February 2019 to raise vital funds for the Medical Women’s Federation.

The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is a 10k challenge through the heart of the city, passing world famous landmarks, and instantly recognisable areas that have been taken over by winter creatures.

Since the first event in 2015, over 65,000 people have taken part in raising over £2,000,000 for Cancer Research UK and other good causes. It regularly receives incredible reviews from those who have taken part.

The 2019 event takes place on Sunday 3rd February 2019, starting from Trafalgar Square and finishing on Whitehall by Downing Street.

You don’t have to be a fast runner nor do you have to have run a 10k before. Friends and family who want to run with you are very welcome on our team.

Your place in the race will be £32 (+booking fee) per person, with a pledge to raise a minimum of £250 for MWF. Your fundraising will go towards the creation of a number of grants and prizes to support our medical student and junior doctor members.

If you would like to join MWF’s President and runner, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones and be part of the team then email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Statement from the MWIA

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27 July 2018

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MWIA Expresses Solidarity and Urges Immediate Action by Global Community to Restore Human Rights in Nicaragua

The Medical Women’s International Association is troubled following recent reports of acts of continued violence in Nicaragua against students, civilians, clergy members and media personnel.

International organizations must ensure and monitor that human rights are respected by all governments, and that action be taken against governments that do not do it. It is the duty of all NGOs to give evidence of episodes of violence to raise public awareness and combat violence in all its forms.

As one of the aims of MWIA is to defend the health of women, men and children all over the world. We believe it is our duty to strive to protect those who are violated.

We are deeply concerned that our medical colleagues and other members of the health care work force are being intimidated and threatened and are often being held hostage in clinics and hospitals. This continued abuse against them is preventing the delivery of health care for those unfortunate victims of violence at this crucial time. The continued delays in providing timely medical assistance is unacceptable and we call upon the Nicaraguan authorities to address this violence and inhumane treatment of the people and ensure that their health and human rights are not compromised as they are at present.

We, the members of MWIA collectively call upon world leaders, the various UN agencies and international judiciary to join non-governmental associations and academic colleagues to take immediate action against the unacceptable situation in Nicaragua.

Please see the full text of the press statement here.

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