The MWIA UN NGO representatives Dr. Satty Keswani and Dr. Mini Murthy organized a parallel event on March 14, 2018 during the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The event was titled Women Doctors Achieving Gender Equality / Empowerment in the Rural setting. The event was co-sponsored by AMWA and African Views.
The event was well-attended by members of MWIA, AMWA and other NGO colleagues. Speakers included Dr. Christine Bennett (Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, University of Note Dame), Ms. Denise Scotto, Esq, Dr. Bettina Pfleiderer (MWIA President), Dr. Shelley Ross (MWIA Secretary General), Dr. Clarissa Fabre (MWIA President-Elect and NGO representative to WHO), Dr. Cissy Wu (MWIA Vice-President, Asia Pacific), Dr. Gaye Casper (MWIA Past President), Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi (Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, Past President), Dr. Rose Marie Ogu (Young MWIA Past President), Dr. Eliza Chin (AMWA Executive Director), Dr. Shobha Krishnan (Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer President). The panel was co moderated by Dr. Padmini Murthy (MWIA Vice-President, North America and MWIA NGO rep to the UN) and Dr. Shelley Ross. Dr Joyce Barber (president, Women’s Association of Nigeria) made remarks from the floor.
AMWA also co-sponsored parallel events with African Views and the American Bar Association during the CSW. Dr. Roberta Gebhard (AMWA President-elect) and Dr. Padmini Murthy represented AMWA at the African Views side event on violence against women at the Nigeria Mission on March 16 where the panel was moderated by Dr. Murthy
MWIA was well represented at several high level panel discussions, the NGO CSW consultation day and the reception and the opening ceremony of the CSW.
Dr. Gaye Casper, on behalf of the DAK Foundation, presented a portable ultrasound machine to Sierra Leone which was received by Wale Ajibade on behalf of Sierra Leone . The Australian medical students from Sydney, University of Note Dame presented their global health projects during the CSW The young doctors from Australian Federation of Medical women spoke about their experience working on women’s health issues. They also presented awards for outstanding support and mentorship to Drs. Pfleiderer, Ross, Fabre, Murthy and Keswani during the CSW.
MWIA has been represented at the planning committee meetings of the NGO CSW by Dr. Padmini Murthy who also chaired the bazar subcommittee of the NGO CSW 62.