International Women’s Day 2017

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Celebrating it’s 21st Anniversary and International Women’s Day 2017, the European Institute of Women’s Health calls on both key stakeholders and citizens of Europe to #BeBoldForChange to forge a more inclusive, gender equal world 7th of March 2017—International Women’s Day has been held on the 8th of March each year…

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Antibiotics Awareness Day: 2016

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release The European Institute of Women’s Health calls on citizens throughout Europe to handle antibiotics with care on European Antibiotics Awareness Day 2016 18 November 2016—Many common infections are becoming difficult or even impossible to treat as bacteria change and become resistant to the infections that they are meant to combat….

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International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day Tackling inequalities in paediatric cancer care and research across Europe Tuesday, 18th February 2014, European Parliament (Room 4Q2), Brussels, Belgium, Hosted by Mrs. Glenis Willmott, MEP Every year SIOPE marks International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February). Since 2011, our Society also organises a high-level event at the European Parliament in order…

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World Diabetes Day: obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyles in women

PRESS RELEASE World Diabetes Day, 14th Nov 2013 We need to tackle the Increasing rates of obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyles in women – putting them at risk of type 2 diabetes. Worldwide diabetes is increasing rapidly and in some countries it is reaching epidemic proportions. For women it is the 9th  leading cause of…

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European Parliament vote: a black day for women’s health

Press release Vote is a black day for women’s health! Tobacco Products Directive Strasbourg, 8 October 2013—The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) is deeply disappointed by the European Parliament’s vote on the draft Tobacco Products Directive. Young girls and women are increasingly taking up smoking and in some EU member states  heavily out-smoke boys. If this trend  continues, Europe can expect a lung cancer  epidemic in women in twenty to thirty year’s time. And this will be due to the short sightedness of today’s political leaders preferring to listen to the tobacco industry lobby, rather than the warnings from the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which expressly points out the industry’s marketing strategy to target young girls and women with fashionable slim cigarettes, menthol and other pleasing flavours and more recently electronic cigarettes to be sported at clubs and pubs to circumvent the smoking ban. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Europe for women.  Women damage not only their own health; but their smoking also impacts on the health of  their children and makes kids into future smokers. “With this vote the future profits  of the tobacco industry are put above public health. The European Parliament failed to  regulate electronic cigarettes while there was time to act.  This gadget guarantees a new generation of smokers getting tied into the deadly habit.  We appeal to Members of the European Parliament, the Commission and Member States to  reflect if this price is worth paying,” said Hildrun Sundseth, Member of the EIWH Board. The EP vote made some timid steps that require health warnings covering 65% instead of  Australia’s example of plain packaging. The EIWH urges the EU and its Member States to  follow Australia and Ireland and introduce plain packets for cigarettes and other  tobacco products and regulate electronic cigarettes like a medical inhaler as an  appropriate health and safety measure through the European Medicines Agency.  It is not a lifestyle toy. “Although some misleading words such as light, mild and low tar have been curbed, the  European Parliament did not ban slim cigarettes, which are expressly used to target  women, nor did it act forcefully on electronic cigarettes and has postponed the ban of  menthol to eight years down the road”, said Peggy Maguire, Director General of the EIWH. The Parliament limited electronic cigarette advertising, but rejected the  re-classification of electronic cigarettes as medicinal product that would have led to  tighter regulation. “Inhalation into the lungs delivers substances as quickly into the  bloodstream as injections. Therefore electronic cigarettes must be regulated to ensure  their safe use throughout the European Union,” said Hildrun Sundseth, Member of the  EIWH Board. For Press release (pdf), please follow link below: TPD_PR_9Oct[1]Press release

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