Women's Health & Rights

New Zealand bans vaginal mesh

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban vaginal mesh implants, after safety concerns were raised about the surgery. The Ministry of Health announced that it had written to suppliers of the mesh device asking them to stop marketing the product from January 2018 or to prove...

Italy could be offering 'period leave'

Italy could be the first Western country to provide 'period leave' for women who suffer from painful periods. A draft law is currently being discussed by Italy's parliament that would mean employers have to grant three days of monthly leave to those women who present a doctor's note...

FIGO supports International Women's Day, 2017

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) supports its valuable objectives...

UK government to protect against pregnancy discrimination

Margot James, under secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has promised the UK government will launch a consultation on how to prevent women losing their jobs after having children. It follows a call from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee...

Call for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016)...

International Women's Day, 2016

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) supports its valuable objectives...

February 7th marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This weekend (Sunday February 7th) saw the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day take place in the US to raise awareness of the condition and encourage increased uptake of testing. In a blog for the website AIDS.gov, Dr Eugene McCray, director of the division for HIV/AIDS prevention at...

CONGRESS NEWS: FIGO spearheads gender equality initiatives to prevent maternal deaths, fistulae following childbirth and the practice of female genital mutilation

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) - representing 125 national societies of obstetricians and gynecologists worldwide - announced today at the XXI World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics important new gender equality initiatives aimed at providing life changing...

FIGO World Report: more work needs to be done

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2015 World Report on Women’s Health says more work needs to be done. Please click here to view the release. For media assistance please contact: Janet Weichel McKenzie 613-808-4642 The Hillbrooke Group jweic...

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...