Prism Series on the Health of Women Globally




The series will begin with an introductory event timed to coincide to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, 2023. 


International Women's Day and

Introduction to the Prism Series on Women's Health Globally

(Recorded Event on March 8th, 2023)


Follow this link to the event,

(The link will become live on 8th March, 2023.) 


This event is being held on March 8th to celebrate International Women's Day and introduce the Network's new Prism Series on Women's Health Globally, It describes the history of International Women's Day and what the Women's Movement has achieved over the last 120 years or so. This includes a UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It explores this year's theme of Embracing Equity and disentangles the distinctions between Equality and Equity, placing them in the context of Social Justice. 


Supporting materials 





The Prism Series has been made possible through a collaboration with Universities in Wessex, other individuals and the Network.  There will be a series of online interview-style short events over 2023/24 that will explore the many and varied factors affecting women’s health across the globe. Events will include examples of good practice on the ground and work carried out by people in Wessex. They will be recorded and made accessible through this website, 


The working group comprised of  


  • Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen (Bournemouth University)
  • Prof. Tamsin Bradley (University of Portsmouth)
  • Prof. Nuala McGrath (University of Southampton)
  • Dr Gaya Abeywickrama (Lecturer, University of Winchester)
  • Prof. Shanaya Rathod (Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust) 
  • Dr Maddy Taylor (Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust)
  • Dr John Acres (Wessex Global Health Network) 


has prepared an outline programme for more events over the coming year and the topics expected to be covered include 


  • Women's health in the context of changes taking place across the world
  • Pregnancy – its care and complications 
  • Who needs secondary care and what needs to be provided?
  • Capacity, capability and task shifting 

    (To coincide with the International Day of Midwives, May 5th)

  • Obstetric Fistulae

    (To coincide with International Obstetric Fistula Day, May 23rd)

  • Specific Conditions (1) : Rheumatic Heart Disease giving way to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease. 
  • Sexual violence 

    (To coincide with the Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence, Jun 19th)

  • Refugee Women’s Health

    (Presentations to coincide with World Refugee Day June 20th)

  • The death of a Partner

    (To coincide with the International Day of the Widow, June 23rd) 

  • Specific Conditions (2) : Breast Cancer
  • Women when girls 

    (To coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child, October 11th)

  • The urban-rural divide

    (To coincide with the International Day of Rural Women)

  • Specific conditions (3) : Cervical cancer 
  • Violence against women

    (To coincide with the International Day on Violence against Women, November 25th) 

  • Specific conditions (4) : HIV/AIDS

    (To coincide with World Aids Day, December 1st) 

  • Christmas Edition : What is it really like for a woman to give birth in a stable? 
  • Specific Conditions (5) Mental Health
  • Female Genital Mutilation 

    (To coincide with Zero Tolerance to FGM Day, February 4th) 

  • Distilling the issues 
  • Conclusions from the series


Details about events will be advertised mainly through the Network’s Newsletter. You can subscribe to the Newsletter through this website.


For more information and enquiries, please e-mail Martha Smith on