In situations of war, essential health services crumble, underlined by a maternal mortality rate that is 2.5 times higher, on average, in conflict and post-conflict countries.
Women usually don’t start wars, but they do suffer heavily from the consequences. There are millions of women affected by conflict throughout the world and all too frequently they are overlooked. They may be used as a weapon of war, to demonstrate domination or simply displaced as a result of the armed aggression. Their plight has been highlighted more recently, alongside the impact on other communities when large numbers of refugees move to other countries.
The College overall does not currently have experience of working on the ground in areas of conflict. However, we have been approached by doctors involved directly in this work who feel that we may have a role to play as we have educational packages and skills from which they would be able to benefit.
To mark International Women's Day 2018, we therefore wish to engage with those working in this area so we can learn from their experience in order to define how the College can make a greater contribution. The aim of this meeting is to consider the problems women face in conflict and post-conflict zones and then describe some of the innovative initiatives being put into place to help.
Expert speakers and advocates for women affected by conflict will provide insights into the challenges experienced in conflict zones and also here in the UK, what it’s like to work in the countries affected and the environment in which care is delivered. The programme will include presentations on:
- Defining the problems
- Influencing decision makers
- Action required when conflict starts
- Ongoing challenges and their solutions
Attendees will also have the chance to take part in a series of workshops for more focussed discussion of options for action.
Who should attend
All those who have experience in this area or who wish to be able to contribute more are very welcome to attend. This includes healthcare professionals, representatives of NGOs, members of the public and more.
We look forward to welcoming you to what we believe will be an inspiring and informative day.
Professor Mary Ann Lumsden FRCOG, Glasgow
Honorary Director of Conferences
Mr Nick Panay MRCOG, London
Honorary Deputy Director of Conferences
Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham