FIGO Statements

International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2011: Midwives centre stage in maternal, newborn, reproductive and sexual health

What is International Day of the Midwife? International Day of the Midwife - held on 5 May each year - was originally launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 as a day on which to celebrate midwifery and to highlight the importance of midwives’ work worldwide. The...

FIGO urges global commitment to World Health Day 2011 (7 April 2011): ‘Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread’

In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a ‘World Health Day’ to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 1950, it has been celebrated on 7 April each year, with a different annual theme that highlights a priority area of concern...

‘Good Health: Every Woman’s Birthright … ’ on International Women's Day (8 March 2011)

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. On this date, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. ...

FIGO reaffirms commitment: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2011)

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is held each 6 February to encourage the world to become aware of female genital mutilation (also called ‘cutting’) and to promote its eradication...

FIGO Reaffirms Commitment: World Aids Day (1 December 2010)

On 1 December 2010, FIGO reaffirms its commitment to highlighting World AIDS Day..

FIGO Reaffirms Commitment: International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women (25 November 2010)

On 25 November 2010, FIGO reaffirms its commitment to the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women.

Statement By The FIGO President On Medicalisation Of FGM

Professor Gamal Serour - FIGO President - is deeply concerned and alarmed at the terrible news that has recently surfaced supporting medicalisation of some forms of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting ('FGM/C')...

'Skilled Midwives Essential For Safer Maternal, Newborn And Reproductive Health,’ Says FIGO

International Day of the Midwife is held on 5 May each year. It was originally launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 as a day on which to celebrate midwifery and to highlight the importance of midwives’ work worldwide...

World Health Day 2010: Highlight Women’s Health On Urban Agenda, Urges FIGO

In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a ‘World Health Day’ to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. Since 1950, it has been celebrated on 7 April each year, with a different annual theme that highlights a priority area of concern...

'Good Health=Productive Lives' - FIGO Supports Women Of The World On International Women's Day 2010

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March 2010. Each year, on this date, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements...