The partners of EWHNET

 The activities:

1st  transnational meeting, Hannover 2000, January 21st-23rd 


Networking for womens health across regional diversity in Europe, Osnabruck, 30 march - 2  April 2000


2st  transnational meeting, Naples 2001, March 25-26 


The manifesto:   Women's Mental Health Promotion


    International meeting, Berlin, 8-9 June 2001 : the proposal for a new European women mental health network


 7 April 2001

Declaration on violence




The working groups










The European Womens Health Network is a project in the Medium-Term Community Action Programme on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (1996 2001) and is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Duration of the Project: June, 1997 September, 2001.


Why a European network for Womens health?


Women live longer than men.


But women differ from men in regard to their health status, i.e. in the

    incidence and prevalance of health problems

    types of health problems

    communication about health and ill-health

    health experience

    the consequences of health problems

    treatments received


These differences are not considered adequately in the health system.


The health needs of women are not addressed adequately.


...and why European-wide?

    A dialogue across borders offers an insight into the diversity of approaches, fosters mutual understanding as well as cooperation and represents an enrichment for ones own work.


    Womens health is affected by European policies as well as by local or national policies and circumstances.


The theoretical framework of EWHNET...


...is a social model of health that includes socio-economic circumstances, life-styles, and living conditions.


    Womens health is usually discussed from a bio-medical point of view ignoring social factors such as socio-economic inequality, multiple roles (motherhood, housework, employment) and lack of social recognition.


    Gender differences are either ignored (gender blindness) or exaggerated (gender stereotyping).


    Consequences are medicalisation of normal life-phases, psychologisation, and marginalisation of womens (health) problems in health care, health research, and health policies.


    These consequences mostly lead to dependence of women on professionals of the health system


What does health promotion mean on this background?


  develop personal skills

   empower women to make personal decisions

on health issues based on informed consent


strengthen community action

promote networks of women


build healthy public policy

bring gender specific approaches in the focus of policy-makers


reorient health services

integrate gender specific approaches           

towards health in research, plannig,

health promotion and care                    


 create supportive environments

support womens professionals and self-help organisations in the field of health and raise the awareness                 



What are the aims of EWHNET?


    to make visible the special needs of women in health system and health care



    to identify and promote women oriented

   strategies and models of good practice 


    to interconnect various projects and key

persons in the field of womens health


    to establish a common platform for a

mutual understanding


    to develop common strategies for a better

consideration of women-oriented practical

       methods in the field of health


 Step for realisation

    political strategies to achieve equity for women

    transnational guidelines for different fields

    theme-oriented workshops focusing e.g. on women, work and health; health promotion for girls at school; women-friendly psychotherapy.

    disseminating of information

    country reports with address-lists of relevant organisations

    transnational meetings