European Advisory Council for Women's Health (EAC)
In April 1998 the newly formed EAC drew up an action plan to ensure that mid-life and older women's health is given priority in European health policy. IOF is a member of the Council whose primary goals support and expand on the recommendations of the EU Report.
IOF was actively involved in the EIWH's meeting, Promoting Gender Equity in Public Health Europe (Trinity College Dublin, 9th-12th September 2000) which was the first forum of its kind to comprehensively discuss and debate gender equity in European health. Read more.
EAC Mission and Strategy
- setting time-based, achievable targets for reducing the major diseases that burden women in later years
- Enpowering women to take positions of responsibility in managerial, political, medical and scientific hierarchies and to contribute to the female perspective.
- Designing information and education programmes for health professionals and women that address women's real health needs.
- Ensuring that there is financial cover across the EU for screening early intervention and treatment specific to older women.
- Building networks and coalitions with like-minded organizations or groups
- Raising awareness through working with the media
Promoting Gender Equity in Public Health Europe
Trinity College Dublin, 9th-12th September 2000
This conference was the first forum of its kind to comprehensively discuss and debate gender equity in European health. The conference was hosted by the European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH). See press release (PDF, 45 KB).
Mary Anderson, former IOF Executive Director, spoke at the conference and facilitated the roundtable on osteoporosis together with Professor Moira O'Brien, President of the Irish Osteoporosis Society. In her plenary presentation (PDF, 16 KB) Mary pointed out that osteoporosis is an area where men are being discriminated against and suggested that if more importance were to be given to male osteoporosis, it would also improve the situation for women.
The twenty six participants in the roundtable discussion on osteoporosis prioritised the 8 recommendations in the "Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community Action for Prevention". See Recommendations of Osteoporosis Roundtable (PDF, 7 KB)
Further information about EAC activities or copies of the newsletter and other publications are available via the EAC Secretariat:
The European Institute of Women's Health
9 Herbert Place
Phone +353 1 676 6717
Fax +353 1 676 6740