MWIA President Prof. Kyung Ah Park decided to focus on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls during her triennium 2013-2016. We therefore conducted a survey of our member countries to assess the individual national situation relating to violence. 32 national medical women associations and/or national experts responded, identifying gaps, successes and challenges.
One of the questions we asked them was:
“What could MWIA do to support you?”
Their answers can be summarized as follows:
- Provide a global perspective on the scope of the issue and impact on victims
- Provide knowledge translation: what programs have worked? Which programs failed? What preventive measures were successful?
- Provide training and teaching material for medical women
Following on that information, MWIA decided to draft a teaching document centered on case studies provided by many of our national associations. We received 39 case studies with narrative text, background material, teaching points and helpful links/references from all over the world. Cases have a high region specifity.
This teaching resource on violence
- Will be a door opener for advocacy
- Will raise awareness among physicians and will provide knowledge transfer
- Should be used and integrated into national medical curricula
- Could be used to train physicians on every professional level : from junior to senior for example in workshops
Will hopefully create new alliances and initiate action!
Prof. Dr. Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer
lead of this project