PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE COMMONWEALTH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
As the world marks International Women’s Day today, 8th March 2021, the leadership of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), rejoices and felicitates with women all over the world, particularly women in the Commonwealth of Nations. The CMA equally celebrates the sense of diligence and professional commitment of medical women and all other female healthcare workers who continue to commendably manage the herculean task of their roles in child upbringing and family upkeep with their sacred duty of patient care.
The Commonwealth Medical Association commends the great roles being played by women in various leadership positions across the world, including women in the Commonwealth of Nations. The foregoing notwithstanding, the Association notes with dismay the regressive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihood of women, as well as efforts to close the gender gap. It is not in doubt that existing gender inequalities have made the world’s women more vulnerable to the socio-economic and health impact of the COVID-19 crisis, with women accounting for over 54% of global job losses. It is in line with the foregoing that the CMA considers as apt the choice for this year’s International Women’s Day: ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.’
As the world marks the International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Medical Association calls for accelerated action to close the gender gap and support more women into leadership positions.
The CMA equally calls for the fast tracking of actions to eliminate all discriminatory policies against women; enactment of pro-women legislations to criminalize all forms of violence against women, including Rape and Female Genital Mutilation; as well as the promotion of the Reproductive Health Rights of Women and effective vaccination against Cervical cancer.
We wish all Women a memorable 2021 International Women’s Day.
Dr. Osahon Enabulele, M.B.B.S, MHPM, FWACP.
President, Commonwealth Medical Association.