International Women’s Day 2023

March, 2023

On 8 March 2023, WONCA joined International Women's Day, under the theme DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.

From the earliest days of computing to the present age of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, women have made untold contributions to the digital world in which we increasingly live. Their accomplishments have been against all odds, in a field that has historically neither welcomed nor appreciated them.

Today, a persistent gender gap in digital access keeps women from unlocking technology’s full potential. Their underrepresentation in STEM education and careers remains a major barrier to their participation in tech design and governance. And the pervasive threat of online gender-based violence—coupled with a lack of legal recourse—too often forces them out of the digital spaces they do occupy.

At the same time, digital technology is opening new doors for the global empowerment of women, girls and other marginalized groups. From gender-responsive digital learning to tech-facilitated sexual and reproductive healthcare, the digital age represents an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate all forms of disparity and inequality.  

On the ocassion, WONCA President Dr Anna Stavdal recognized the pivotal role of female family doctors and their tireless work and commitment to patient-centred care.

On international Women's Day, and every day, WONCA celebrates the incredible contributions of female healthcare professionals and their crucial role in family medicine. 

Read the inspiring reflections from Dr Elizabeth Reji, chair of the WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine HERE

Let's also take this opportunity to support and advocate for equity and access to care for all women.