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Public Policy Projects - A Women’s Health Agenda: UK report launch in-person event, London


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Women’s health is one of the most political issues of our time. Much like the rest of society, health systems have been created by men for men – and women have been left to fit around the edges. Despite incredible medical advances across the world for women, they remain infantilised and controlled by patriarchal health systems. PPP’s international report, chaired by Dame Clare Gerada and Dame Lesley Regan, will change this narrative.

Join us to round off International Women’s Week on the 11th March 2022 to delve deeper into the report’s findings – as we challenge the status quo and put women back in control of their own bodies.

This event has been kindly sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and MSD.

Topics covered during this event:

  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Assisted Conception
  • Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment
  • Breast Cancer Prevention & Treatment
  • The Inevitability of Womanhood: Menstruation & Menopause
  • Taking a Gendered Lens to Data, Research and Policy
  • Violence Against Women & Girls


2-2.45pm: Report launch

  • A Women’s Health Agenda: Redressing the Balance is an expose of how we have got it so badly wrong when it comes to women’s health and what can be done to fix it. Globally, we are about to enter the fifth wave of feminism, and yet five movements of activism have not resulted in fundamental societal changes for women’s health. In this first session, report chairs Dame Clare Gerada and Dame Lesley Regan will present the report and dive deeper into its recommendations.

2.50-3.45pm: Why violence against women and girls is a public health issue 

  • Violence against women and girls (VAWG) has been a topic of much discussion both within the UK and internationally over the past year – and rightly so. However, VAWG is rarely seen as a public health issue. In a recent study of over 20,000 women, Victim Focus found that 99.7 per cent of this sample had been repeatedly subjected to some form of male violence within the UK. Furthermore, the World Health Organisation ascertains that almost a third of women aged 15-49 report they have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse by an intimate partner.
  • Violence against women is preventable, and the health sector has a crucial role to play in providing healthcare to women subjected to violence. In this session, experts from various disciplines will discuss the health and political issues around VAWG and what needs to be done to address this systemic societal problem.
  • Speakers to be announced.

3:50-4:25pm: Keynote Speaker

  • Our keynote speaker will assess the current challenges facing women’s health within both the international and UK context. Covid-19 is not a gender-neutral disease, and its burdens continue to fall most heavily on women. Similarly the climate crisis is most keenly felt by women across the world and poses huge health challenges. Our keynote speaker will discuss how 2022 can build on past activism to change the trajectory facing women’s health.
  • Keynote to be announced.

4.25-4.30pm: Chair’s Close

4.30-6.00pm: Networking Drinks

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