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International Women’s Day

Every year, the College holds an event in March to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), choosing a different theme each year.

2021 – Let’s all choose to challenge

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. In the world of healthcare, there is a huge data gap when it comes to women’s health. The RCOG wants to see more female healthcare professionals entering research and academia to narrow this gap.

2020 – We need to talk about race

More Asian and black women in the UK die during or soon after pregnancy than white women. Experiences and outcomes in gynaecology care also vary widely. The RCOG wants to know why and consider what can be done.

2019 – Do women really have a choice?

Our 2019 International Women’s Day event takes place on Wednesday 6 March 2019. What are the influences and barriers to choice? How can we work together for better outcomes?

2018 – Women affected by conflict: the role of health professionals

Our 2018 International Women’s Day event took place on Friday 2 March 2018. The theme was ‘Women affected by conflict: the role of health professionals.’

Visit the IWD 2018 page

2017 – Abortion care: Our responsibility

Our 2017 IWD event took place on Friday 3 March 2017 at the RCOG, on the theme ‘Abortion care: Our responsibility’. Our aim was to ensure abortion is seen as a core part of women’s health services, not ‘somebody else’s business’.

Visit the IWD 2017 page for more information and to view the presentations.

2016 – Joining up care in maternal mental health

Our 2016 event focused on the challenges experienced by healthcare practitioners who provide maternal mental health care, and the personal experiences of women who experienced mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy.

Visit the IWD 2016 page for more information, including videos of the presentations and other resources.

2015 – Working together to stop gender-based domestic violence

Our 2015 event focused on ways in which healthcare professionals can support women experiencing domestic violence, and also featured powerful stories from women sharing their personal experiences.

Visit the IWD 2015 page for more information, including videos of some of the presentations and a practical checklist of hints and tops for healthcare professionals.


Find out more

For general information about IWD, please visit the UN website.

To contact the College about our IWD events, please email