The partners of EWHNET
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
European Women’s 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).
of the Project: June, 1997 – September, 2001.
Why a European network for Women´s health?
Women live longer than men.
But women differ from men in regard to their health
status, i.e. in the
and prevalance of health problems
of health problems
about health and ill-health
consequences of health problems
These differences are not considered adequately in
the health system.
The health needs of women are not addressed
dialogue across borders offers an insight into the diversity of approaches,
fosters mutual understanding as well as cooperation and represents an enrichment
for one’s own work.
health is affected by European policies as well as by local or national policies
theoretical framework of EWHNET...
a social model of health that includes socio-economic circumstances,
life-styles, and living conditions.
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.
differences are either ignored (gender blindness) or exaggerated (gender
are medicalisation of normal life-phases, psychologisation, and marginalisation
of women’s (health) problems in health care, health research, and health
consequences mostly lead to dependence of women on professionals of the health
What does health promotion mean on this background?
empower women to make personal decisions
health issues based on informed consent
networks of women
build healthy public policy
bring gender specific approaches in
the focus of policy-makers
gender specific approaches
health in research, plannig,
health promotion and care
women’s professionals and self-help organisations in the
What are the
aims of EWHNET?
make visible the special needs of women in health system and health care
identify and promote women oriented
strategies and models of good practice
interconnect various projects and key
in the field of women’s health
establish a common platform for a
develop common strategies for a better
of women-oriented practical
methods in the field of health
strategies to achieve equity for women
guidelines for different fields
theme-oriented workshops focusing e.g. on women, work
and health; health promotion for girls at school; women-friendly psychotherapy.
reports with address-lists of relevant organisations