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Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2022

Friday 14 October 2022.

RCPsych WMHSIG Annual Conference 2022: Systemic Misogyny and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG): international perspectives

Women and girls experience violence and discrimination in every society, simply because of their gender. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) covers a range of deeply distressing crimes that disproportionately affect women of all ages, abilities, sexualities and backgrounds. They include sexual offences, stalking, domestic abuse, honour-based abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour killings, revenge porn, upskirting, the list is longer. They happen in every locality, within close relationships, in families, in communities and sadly in every society. They happen in times of peace and more so during war. The sheer scale and prevalence of VAWG is staggering.

Survivors of violence and misogyny are affected by a range of mental and physical problems as well as unwanted pregnancies. Furthermore, users of mental health services are disproportionately affected by violence. Ultimately, violence and the threats of violence interfere with women and girl’s school attendance, social relationships, being able to choose if, when and who to marry and from reaching their full potential. VAWG widens inequality and compromises mental health and well-being, further increasing women’s vulnerability. Psychiatrists themselves are not exempt from it.

This is not an easy subject to approach, but approach it we must. It cannot be adequately addressed in one isolated conference, so we consider this year’s WMHSIG’s Conference to be the first. 

We will gather psychiatrists from various parts of the world to tell us of their experience in exploring and addressing this subject. We will hear the political perspective from a distinguished UK Member of Parliament. We will attempt to talk about some of the reasons which perpetuate the problem, misogyny for example and about the need for mental health services and government policies and initiatives to align. 

Finally, we invite you to an interactive day, by the end of which we will be enriched and more determined to pursue this subject to a better outcome. 

Tickets and further information can be found on our Events page: Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group Conference 2022 (

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Past events

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2021

24 November 2021.

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2020

This event took place on 4 December 2020.

Please see draft programme for further information.

Confinement - A Women in Mind Event

Hosted on 26 October by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Kings College London. The evening explored how quarantine has challenged our sense of ourselves with and in conversation with Susie Orbach and Abigail Burdess.

This event is now available to view again if you were unable to attend on the day.

RCPsych Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry conference

Professor Louise Howard, WMHSIG Exec Committee member and Professor in Women's Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust presented at the faculty conference on 15 October 2020. 

Her talk on the subject of Domestic violence and abuse and mental health during the Covid pandemic and beyond: implications for general adult psychiatrists can be viewed back now.

Women in Mind series

'Women in Mind' is a series of events by the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

It aims to engage health professionals and the public in debate and discussion about challenges to women's mental health across the lifecycle.

The events are shaped around interviews with inspirational women on professional or personal experiences that have shaped their views on women's mental health, both in terms of difficulties and resilience.

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