March 11


01:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Event Category:

In-person event

At the launch of our first international women’s health report, we expose how societies have got it so badly wrong when it comes to inequalities within women’s health and what can be done to fix it. You can now access the report.

This event took place on 11 March 2022. To be notified of future events please register here. 

About the Women’s health Conference

Women’s health is one of the most political issues of our time. Much like the rest of society, health systems have been created by men for men – and women have been left to fit around the edges. Despite incredible medical advances across the world for women, they remain infantilised and controlled by patriarchal health systems. PPP’s international report, chaired by Dame Clare Gerada and Dame Lesley Regan, will change this narrative.

Join us to round off International Women’s Week on the 11th March 2022 to delve deeper into the report’s findings – as we challenge the status quo and put women back in control of their own bodies.

Topics covered during this event

  • Contraception
  • Abortion
  • Assisted Conception
  • Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment
  • Breast Cancer Prevention & Treatment
  • The Inevitability of Womanhood: Menstruation & Menopause
  • Taking a Gendered Lens to Data, Research and Policy
  • Violence Against Women & Girls


1.30pm-2.30pm: Report launch

A Women’s Health Agenda: Redressing the Balance is an expose of how we have got it so badly wrong when it comes to women’s health and what can be done to fix it. Globally, we are about to enter the fifth wave of feminism, and yet five movements of activism have not resulted in fundamental societal changes for women’s health.

In this first session, report chairs Dame Clare Gerada and Dame Lesley Regan will present the report and dive deeper into its recommendations.


2:30pm – 2:50pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr Nighat Arif

Our first keynote speaker, Dr Nighat Arif will be speaking about Women’s Health and specifically what needs to be done for Women’s Health in South Asian communities.


2:50pm-3.30pm Coffee break


3.30pm-3.45pm: Keynote Speaker: Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP

Our second keynote speaker will assess the current challenges facing women’s health within both the international and UK context. Covid-19 is not a gender-neutral disease, and its burdens continue to fall most heavily on women. Similarly the climate crisis is most keenly felt by women across the world and poses huge health challenges. Our keynote speaker will discuss how 2022 can build on past activism to change the trajectory facing women’s health.


3.45pm-4.45pm: Empowering women in healthcare

This session will look broadly at how women can challenge the status-quo within healthcare settings and beyond. Worldwide, women make up only 30 per cent of researchers in medical research settings and are hugely underrepresented in clinical trials. Furthermore, women are often left out of policymaking decisions when it comes to deciding what is best for their own health. How can we ensure diversity within the dataset when engaging patients for clinical trials? How do we change the systems and structures within data, research and policy that disadvantage female patients before they have even received treatment? What gaps are there in women’s health data, and how do we counteract the safety and ethical implications of this? In this solution-oriented session, our panel will explore how women –  both those working within healthcare and those receiving it – can empower each other to ensure health becomes a level playing field for all.

·    Increasing female representation and diversity within clinical trials

·    Achieving political change around women’s health

·    Co-creating policy

·    Data and women’s safety in health; gendered data gaps and data ethics.

·    What does female empowerment within healthcare look like?



  • Dame Clare Gerada, Chair
  • Dr Christine Ekechi, Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Imperial College Healthcare
  • Laura Steele, General Manager, Eli Lilly & Co
  • Janet Lindsay, Chief Executive, Wellbeing of Women
  • Dr Helen O’Neill, Women in Data representative, CEO and Founder of Hertility Health


4.45-5.00pm: Chairs Close  

After the event

5.00-7.00pm: Public Policy Projects Networking Drinks

Public Policy Projects welcomes you to join us for networking drinks at the National Gallery to round off International Women’s Week.

  • 11 Mar, 2022 13:30 - 17:00 BST
  • National Gallery, London See map

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