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.

NHS70 Women Leaders Award 2018

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13 July 2018

The President of the Medical Women’s Federation is one of seventy powerful women chosen to receive #NHS70 Award

Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist at CNWL, has been chosen as one of the London Women Leadership Network’s #NHS70 award recipients. Henrietta is the founder of the NHS’s National Problem Gambling Clinic and President of the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF). She is one of 70 outstanding women recognised for working to make a positive difference across the NHS in London.

The awards are hosted by the London’s Women Leadership Network (LWN) as part of the #NHS70 celebrations this year, and coincide with 100 years of suffrage for women. On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, the LWN opened the nominations process with the aim of seeking out the incredible stories of women who lead and inspire in the NHS.

Henrietta, who took over the presidency of the MWF in May 2018, is particularly excited to see an award which recognises and celebrates the work of inspiring women in the NHS. She says;

“This is a special time for women in medicine in the UK as so many of the Royal Colleges and other organisations have female leaders. This is a unique opportunity to offer strong role models to our younger generations of colleagues. These are the leaders our younger medics can aspire to follow”

Henrietta’s work within the National Problem Gambling Clinic was recently recognised by Secretary for Health Jeremy Hunt when he visited her service to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the clinic’s work with pathological gamblers and their families.

Henrietta adds: “I love looking after my patients; I never get tired or burnt out. I love spending time with them and with my excellent team of psychologists, therapists and psychiatrists all working together to reduce gambling related harm. What a treat to be have been nominated for doing something that I love so much!”


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Welcome Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones MWF President 2018

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08 June 2018

A huge thank you to our Welsh Standing Committee for organising such a wonderful conference in Cardiff on the 11th May 2018. It was a truly fantastic day and thank you to all of you who joined us. We heard an array of thought-provoking and inspiring talks from our speakers, listened to some excellent abstract presentations, and participated in a number of engaging workshops.

Prof Dame Parveen Kumar handed over the MWF presidency to Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones and we are very excited to build upon the momentum of the MWF Centenary celebration. Welcome also to our new President-Elect Professor Neena Modi, who joins our Officer's team alongside Vice President Dr Olwen Williams, Treasurer Dr Heidi Mounsey, Honorary Secretary Dr Clare Gerada and Medical Woman Editor Dr Fizzah Ali.

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