Friday 8 March - News Brief
International Women's Day
Today, on International Women's Day, March 8th 2019, the International Association for Women's Mental Health (IAWMH) is issuing a strong warning about the devastating and special dangers of war on women. We implore world leaders to consider the consequences of the widespread rape and abuse of women in war, particularly since there are still many existing global regions where war is still being waged and other potential war zones looming.Women's bodies become battlefields during war and we demand an end to the use of rape as the cheapest weapon of mass destruction.
The IAWMH is working hard to ensure peace and well being for all women on our planet and we urge other organisations to represent women's welfare and to truly include women's voices and perspectives everywhere - not just as tokenistic gestures.
In a plenary lecture at our 8th Congress on Women's Mental Health in Paris today by prominent British war correspondent and author - Christina Lamb- the plight of our sisters in many war torn countries was graphically presented. To them - we offer our support and solidarity.

On this International Women's Day let us pledge our commitment to prevent war and to promote peace to enable the well being of women and girls in every part of our globe

President IAWMH
Professor Florence Thibaut
President-Elect IAWMH
Professor Prabha Chandra
Immediate Past President IAWMH
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
CME Survey & Certificate
To receive your CME Certificate you must complete the online CME survey no later than 25 March 2019. Once you have completed the survey IAWMH will email you your CME certificate. You will receive your certificate in April.

 You should wait to complete the survey until you have completed your attendance at the Congress. You may only login once to submit your survey responses and your total attendance hours.

IAWMH and Dublin Declaration at 2017 Congress Aided Reproductive Rights Law Passage
The 7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health was held in Dublin in the midst of Ireland's struggle for reproductive rights. At the 2017 Congress, IAWMH, along with the National Council of Women of Ireland, signed the Dublin Declaration urging the country to change their restrictive laws. Veronica O'Keane, from Trinity University and one of the Convenor's of the 2017 Congress, spoke after today's IAWMH General Membership Assembly about the long struggle for women's rights in Ireland. She then thanked IAWMH because the Congress' presence assisted in the passing of major legislation in 2018 in favor of reproductive rights.

Poster Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Congress Poster Awards. Congratulations to the Winners.

Wednesday 6 March:
Annarita Vignapiano, Naples, Italy
Negative Symptom Domains in in Schizophrenia: Sex Differences and Relationships with Real-Life Functioning

Thursday 7 March
Cerith S. Waters, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moderate to Severe Mood and Anxiety Disorders During the Perinatal Period
Ana Telma Pereira, Coimbra, Portugal
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Phenomena: A Pychometric and epidemiological study in a Portuguese Sample

Friday 8 March
Gislene Valadares, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sexual Violence Victims Treated at a University Hospital in Brazil: IIncidence of Stressful Life Events and Drug Use as a Facilitator of Rape
Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
Three LAMIC registrants were presented with Early Career Travel Award Scholarships to attend the Congress:
Vandita Shanbhag from India
Tesera Bitew from Ethiopia
Ekin Sönmez from Turkey

They shared their experiences from the Congress. Vandita Shanbhag shared her experiences yesterday.

Dr. Ekin Sönmez, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
March 7, 2019 - A remarkable moment of the day was when we heard the dramatic story of the French artist Jeanne Hébuterne, a delicate woman who has committed suicide while she was pregnant when the father of her child, Italian painter Amadeo Modigliani. This example from the early 20th century provided how issues related to women's mental health are reflected in art and humanities. Initiatives aiming to prevent mental disorders at a very critical moment in parents' and babies' lives were highlighted in several symposia and workshops.
Very up-to-date research findings were presented, from a new molecule with a different profile of action which could have a potential in treating postpartum depression to the impact of hormonal changes in the course of life.
Also throughout the day presentations have had a "sobering" effect on the audience, especially those on issues related to women's mental health on different parts of the world, including early marriages, regional conflicts and humanitarian emergencies.

Tesera Bitew Fenta (PhD) in Mental Health Epidemiology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
I am glad to have a chance to participate in the 8th congress of International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH), in Paris, France. I won the IAWMH grant which was meant to cover expenses during the conference for low and middle income country researchers. It was this grant that helped and encouraged me to participate in the congress. In the conference, globally recognized researchers presented scientific findings using the latest world art of knowledge in the area. For me as an audience it was an incredible opportunity to: (1) share latest scientific information in the area like environmental and biological effects of mental health, global experience of ways of prevention and intervention, etc); (2) understand the global focus of research and the potential gaps in prenatal mental health, so that I can plan for my career; (3) get mentorship from globally recognized scientists and network with other colleagues; (4) visit Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and get personal pleasure. The aggregate of all these opportunities hope would brighten my future career development in the area of perinatal mental health. Besides, in the time of globalization, states cannot be efficient and effective with their independent effort separated from the globe. Thus, my participation will be an input to my home country so that I can reflect what was globally going on in the area of perinatal mental health. Generally, I think it is important if the congress can support more grants for the coming conferences to researchers from Low and Middle income countries so that there would be more chance for LMICs delegates to take part in the conference. However, IAWMH conference shortage of grant to LMICs researchers should not be by any means a reason to miss such wonderful global scientific discussion. 
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