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 Noemi Mimi Doohan (USA)

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Dr. Noemi Doohan is a board-certified family physician from California USA. She has been an active member of Wonca and the Working Party for Women and Family Medicine since 2009.

She earned her MD from Stanford University, PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara in molecular biology, and Masters of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amhurst. Her family medicine residency training was with the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California.

She has spent the last decade working with health care systems to start family medicine residency programs and Street Medicine programs across California. Her family medicine practice has included care of patients of all ages in both the hospital and ambulatory settings.

She served as the local governmental Public Health Officer for rural Northern California Mendocino County through the Covid pandemic, until Winter 2021; and then continued to serve at the California State level as a consultant with the California Department of Public Health. She is a graduate of the California Health Care Foundation’s Health Care Leadership fellowship where she developed the Safe Haven Clinic Institute, an innovative solution for the co-occurring epidemics of homelessness and addiction (safehavenclinics.org).

Co-Convenor or other office bearers

Executive Members


Core executive

  • Dr Elizabeth Reji - Chair Elect

Past Chairs

  • Aileen Espina (Philippines)
  • Dr Kate Anteyi (Nigeria)
  • Dr Amanda Barnard (Australia)
  • Prof Amanda Howe (UK)
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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