WONCA Working Party: Women & Family Medicine

Women & Family Medicine

The WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine (WWPWFM) was established at the 16th International Conference of WONCA in Durban, in 2001. The Working Party takes a leadership role in advocating for the concerns raised by women doctors and women’s health in family medicine/general practice. The Working Party was consolidated at the 17th WONCA World conference, in Orlando, in 2004. It has had successful preconference events at many meetings since, including the 18th WONCA World conference in Singapore, 2007, regional meetings, and at the WONCA World conference, in Cancun, in May 2010. WWPWFM  has workshops and events at WONCA regional meetings, and aims to have a policy development working meeting in between each triennial WONCA World conference.

WWPWFM is a policy initiator in gender equity. The Hamilton Equity Recommendations (HER statement) and 10 steps to gender equity, developed  at the mid triennial meeting held in Hamilton Canada, in 2006, were adopted by the WONCA World Council, in Singapore in 2007. Important by-laws changes, and the establishment of the WONCA Organisational Equity Committee, were adopted by the WONCA World Council, in Cancun in 2010.

Membership is open to all interested family doctors. Interested doctors are invited to contact your regional lead and attend the WWPWFM workshops at regional WONCA meetings (or click the link below).

Convenor / Chair

Dr Aileen Espina (Philippines)

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Co-Convenor or other office bearers

Immediate Past Chair: Dr Kate Anteyi, MD, MPH, MBA (Nigeria)

Dr Kate Anteyi is a board-certified family physician and infectious diseases expert who has spent the last 25 years providing international best practices in managing public health and infectious diseases services and programs. Since 2008, she has contributed to the United States global health efforts by providing high level technical guidance and leadership at national and international arenas for the mitigation of infectious diseases, including HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Kate is also a medical educator, who pioneered family medicine residency training programs in the Nigeria Federal Capital Territory Hospitals (FCTA). She was a trainer and examiner of both the West Africa postgraduate medical college of physicians and the National postgraduate medical college of Nigeria. Kate teaches family medicine, infectious diseases and women’s health to medical students and family medicine resident doctors. Recently she taught family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, USA.
She presently provides technical leadership to the office of HIV/AIDS, Project HOPE International, USA.

Kate’s primary research interest is in infectious diseases. She was part of the pioneers of HIV researches in Nigeria and recently focuses on qualitative researches in controlling and preventing infectious diseases, and retention in HIV care and treatment. Kate was a Principal Investigator to the Nigeria National Agency for the Control of AIDS operational researches.

In 2010, Kate was awarded the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Response (PEPFAR) International Lahya Shiimi Award for her exceptional contribution to PEPFAR: in recognition of her outstanding teamwork, leadership, dedication and critical contributions to ensuring the sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response in Nigeria. She is a member of both national and international family medicine and infectious diseases groups.

She was the Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine (WWPWFM) from 2016-2018. During her tenure as Chair, WWPWFM made tremendous growth and impact by increasing membership, presenting as WONCA plenary speaker, organizing state of the art preconference meetings and numerous workshops and oral presentations at WONCA conferences. She is also a member of the WONCA Organizational Equity Committee and a Global Health Consultant/Infectious Diseases Specialist, for Project HOPE.

Executive Members


Core executive

Chair-  Aileen Espina- Philippines

Immediate Past chair – Kate Anteyi, Nigeria

Regional support to the Chair – Jane Namatovu, Uganda

Link to WONCA Working Party On Rural Practice- Amanda Barnard

Steering committee members: Kate Anteyi, Dada Leopando, Aileen Espina, Amanda Barnard, Lucy Candib and Sameenah Shah.

Executive/Regional leads

Africa: Temitope Ilori (Nigeria) and Martha Makwero (Malawi)
Asia Pacific: Chandra Thuraisingham (Malaysia) and Nuril (Indonesia) 
East Mediterranean: Omneya El Sharif (Egypt) and Jinan Ustan (Lebanon )
Europe: Victoria Tkachenko  (Ukraine)
Iberoamerica Liliana del Castillo Arias, (Colombia) and Maria Eugenia Bresolin Pinto (Brazil)
North America: Lucy Candib (USA) , and Kavita Dharamraj (Caribbean) and Mimi Doohan (USA)
South Asia: Sameena Shah (Pakistan)

Young leads

  • Asia- Pacific: Emily Farrell
  • Africa: Funmi Daramola
  • Iberoamericana: Andreali Moron
  • North America: Noemi "Mimi" Doohan
  • Europe: Raquel Gomez Bravo

Vision and Mission of WONCA Working Party on Women & Family Medicine

Vision: To promote the role of women family doctors working in Wonca to highlight their special contributions and reduce the barriers facing them, thereby enabling them to reach their full potential and enhance the contributions of family physicians/GPs around the world to clinical care, women’s health, education, research and leadership in family medicine.

Objectives of the WONCA Working Party on Women & Family Medicine

  • To identify key issues of r women doctors working in family medicine in all Wonca member countries, including developed and developing countries, and rural and remote areas, and to seek solutions to common problems.
  • To review Wonca polices and procedures on representation, programs, training, research, management, leadership and support structure, an ensure that these polices are equitably, transparently and effectively implemented
  • To provide opportunities for international exchange of knowledge and expertise on women and family medicine at regional and international Wonca meetings, and through electronic means such as the WWPWFM listserv and website.
  • To reduce linguistic, cultural and economic barriers to women family physicians/GPs participating in Wonca initiatives
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of WWPWFM


WWPWFM has a workplan which is set at the preconference at each WONCA World meeting, and reviewed and updated at the mid triennial meeting. The WWPWFM supports for the next biennium 2016-2018 include both internal and external activities with regional and national focus on the needs of women; improving women’s health at primary care level while strengthening women family doctors’ interest and engagement at WONCA regions.



WWPWFM executive members meet with Professor Michael Kidd (WONCA President Elect) in Canberra, Australia, in 2012.

Photo of WWPWFM at Cebu, in 2011

Photo of WWPWFM with Prof Chris van Weel at Cancun, 2010

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