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Editor's Message
President's Message
5th World Congress on Women's Mental Health
IAWMH Leadership
IAWMH Committees
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events


Established in 2001 to improve the mental health of women throughout the world,  the International Association for Women's Mental Health is a Not for Profit, Non-Governmental Organization.


The mission of IAWMH is:


-  To improve the mental health of women throughout the world.


 -  To expand the fund of knowledge about Women's Mental Health.


-  To promote gender-sensitive and autonomy-enhancing mental health

services for women.


-  To advance collaboration between Societies and Sections.


For more information:  www.iawmh.org  


Click here to download


IAWMH Consensus Statement on Women's Mental Health and the WPA Statement on Interpersonal Violence Against Women



These have been approved by all national psychiatric associations (130+) which belong to WPA.



We're looking for good ideas!  Yours!


Please submit suggestions for future newsletter items, personal news, or even suggested topics for the next meeting.  


Send them to info@iawmh.org


Winter 2011

Welcome - Editor's Message

Welcome to the second issue of our Newsletter.  Seasons Greetings.


This quarter our association has been extremely active, organizing Working Committees on Ethics, Research and Education.  The list of these Committees, their members,and aims are on www.iawmh.org.


We have a special message from the President, in this issue, besides, Upcoming Events, and some interesting pictures of our members:

  • participation in the WPA,2011,Congress in Buenos Aires
  • the Honorary Membership WPA to the Secretary, at Buenos Aires
  • Congress of Five Continents Globalization and Mental Health; Towards an Ecology of Social Links, in October 2011


Members are invited to send their news, views and brief articles, on the women's mental health issues. Comments or suggestions are most welcome.


Unaiza Niaz


 IAWMH Newsletter 3


 Niaz Award

Five Continents
IAWMH Newsletter 2


Welcome - President's Message

RiecherDear Members of our Association, dear All


This has been a great year for our association and for our mission to improve the mental health of women throughout the world.


To start with, we had this wonderful experience of the Madrid congress with so much knowledge around and growing enthusiasm throughout our debates. Lots of ideas were created, and what is even more astonishing, most of the ideas have survived and even very vividly!


There will be a special issue of our journal Archives for Women's Mental Health with the abstracts of the Madrid congress very soon.


Several committees have been started and are very actively working in the meantime such as the Committee on Policy and Ethics, or the Committee on Research and Science or the one on Education. Others are just in the start-up phase and you are all asked to join them. Please visit our website (www.iawmh.org) and contact the respective chair if you want to join in.


We have also strengthened our cooperations with different other organizations by joining their congresses with own symposia and other joint ventures. Thus, our members had for example symposia at the Congress of the World Psychiatric Association thematic conference on social psychiatry in Istanbul or at the International Menopause Society Congress in Rome. We will support the 4th International Congress of Medicine and Women's Mental Health in Medellin, Columbia (see Upcoming Events), not to mention many other activities, which you can find on our website.


As you know, during the Madrid congress we had identified our main goal of our association for this two-year period until the next congress in Lima, that is to fight violence against women. This goal has been focused on by different activities in the meantime, such as a symposium on the rights of women psychiatric patients during the World Psychiatric Association Congress in Buenos Aires and it will be further focused on by the Committee on Policy and Ethics. Members of our association are in the process of preparing a book on "Violence against Women as a Risk Factor for Mental Health", which will be edited in the Karger series "Key Issues in Mental Health", and we are also planning symposia on the topic of violence against women during the European Congress for Social Psychiatry in July 2012 in Geneva (info click here).


Lots of activities are going on - I cannot possibly mention all of them. Please do join in, let us know your expertise and your interests, let us know what is going on in your part of the world so that we can put it on the website. Please send an e-mail to info@iawmh.org and let us stay in intense contact to improve the situation of women worldwide.


Looking forward to meeting you all again at the latest in Lima, March 4-7, 2013!


Kind regards,

Anita Riecher-Rössler

President of the IAWMH

Save the Date -

5th World Congress on Women's Mental Health


Lima 1Save the Date and plan to attend!

5th World Congress on

Women's Mental Health

4-7 March2013 - Lima, Peru


Updates on abstract submission, program and registration will be available on www.iawmh.org.



Abstract Submissions to begin in February 2012! 

Information to follow or check for details on www.iawmh.org!



Scientific Program Chair - programchair@iawmh.org

Marta B. Rondon, MD, Vice Decana, Colegio Medico del Peru; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia - Lima, Peru


IAWMH Leadership


For a complete list of IAWMH Leadership - click here

IAWMH Committees

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CHAIR - Unaiza Niaz - The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Centre, Pakistan  - email:  drunaiza@gmail.com





Gisele Apter - EPS Erasme, France - email: gisdanap@aol.com 


Josyan Madi-Skaff - Psychiatry Department, The Lebanese Hospital, Lebanon - email: josyan.madiskaff@gmail.com




CHAIR - Judith Usall - Parc Sanitari Sant Joan De Déu, Barcelona, Spain - email:  jusall@pssjd.org 






Upcoming Events
3-6 March 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic
20th European Congress of Psychiatry

Section of Women's Mental Health of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA)  For more info: http://www.epa-congress.org/ 


04.03.2012 - 08:00-09:30

Symposium - Cultural Issues in Women Mental Health

Prof. Mariano Bassi, Italy and Prof. Anita Riecher-Rossler, Switzerland



8-9 March 2012 - Milan, Italy

2nd meeting: "Prevention and treatment of mental disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. A comparison between international, national and regional experiences"

"Prevention and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Pregnancy and Postpartum"- Prof. Mariano Bassi

Introductory Lecture - Anita Riecher-Rössler



12-14 April 2012 - Medellin, Colombia

4th International Congress of Medicine and Women's Mental Health

(IV Congreso Internacional de Medicina y Salud Mental del la Mujer)

Convention & Exposition Center, Medellin, Colombia

Presented by Universidad CES

Contact: comunicaciones@eventosperfectos.com.co





14-18 April 2012 - Florence, Italy
3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference

For more info: http://www.schizophreniaconference.org/page1-2012.html

Symposium "Hormonal influences in schizophrenia: Key in the mechanism of illness or an illusory correlation?"
Chairs: Thomas Weickert & Anita Riecher-Rössler


Oestrogens and schizophrenia - an overview
Anita Riecher-Rössler 



22-24 April 2012 - Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2012 NASPOG Annual MeetingNASPOG


Renaissance Hotel,

Providence, Rhode Island


For more info: www.naspog.org






4-6 July 2012 - Geneva, Switzerland


European Congress for Social Psychiatry

Social psychiatry at the age of Neurosciences

For info click here

Symposium on Violence Against Women as Risk Factor forMental Health

Chairs: Claudia Garcia-Moreno & Anita Riecher-Rössler



 Marce Society Congress 








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