International Women's Day, 2015

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) reaffirms its support for its valuable objectives. The theme of the 2015 International Women’s Day is: ‘Make It Happen’ - ‘encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women’.

FIGO President, Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, said:

‘FIGO - the only global organisation bringing together gynecological and obstetrical societies from 125 countries/territories - has as its vision women of the world achieving the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme - ‘Make It Happen’ - sits at the very core of FIGO’s remit, as it pursues its mission in very concrete ways: through advocacy, programmatic activities, capacity strengthening of Member Societies, education and training.

‘FIGO’s programmatic activities, a major part of its work, currently include “Institutionalising Post-Partum IUD Services and Increasing Access to Information and Education on Contraception and Safe Abortion Services”; preventing unsafe abortion; advocating for the use of misoprostol for post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) prevention and treatment by acting as a “guiding” organisation for advocacy among the medical community and health professionals; and implementing strategic and sustainable initiatives for building the capacity of obstetricians and midwives to manage PPH.

‘FIGO is also formulating evidence-based guidelines on maternal nutrition, from preconception to the post-partum period, in collaboration with obstetricians and gynecologists and other key healthcare professionals and workers; building the capacities of fistula surgeons in accredited training centres, using the FIGO Global Competency-Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual, thus helping physicians to acquire the knowledge, skills and professionalism needed to prevent obstetric fistula, and provide high quality surgical, medical and psychosocial care to women who have incurred fistula; and formulating evidence-based standards of care protocols on caring for women with gestational diabetes in collaboration with obstetricians and gynecologists and other key healthcare professionals and workers.’

‘FIGO is also especially active in the area of specialist Committees and Working Groups which focus on many aspects of obstetrics and gynecology such as oncology, perinatal health, pre-term birth, education, safe motherhood, new technology, ethics, women’s rights and gender violence.’

‘To complement its activities, FIGO actively collaborates with many other global, national and regional organisations to promote the wellbeing of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynecology throughout the world - we can only “Make It Happen”, through effectively managed robust partnerships.’