Founded in 1996, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that promotes gender equity in public health, research and social policies across Europe.

In striving to achieve the highest standard of health for all, our society’s health policies must recognise that women and men, due to their biological differences, their access to resources and their gender roles, have different needs and are faced with different obstacles and opportunities.

This requires a sex and gender sensitive approach. The EIWH uses evidence based arguments to influence the policy environment. Over the years, we have worked closely with the European Commission, member States and the World Health Organisation to place gender mainstreaming on the health and research agenda.

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Non-profit organization

Improving Women’s and Family Health

Our interests include preventive measures such as vaccination, birth control, etc. to all other relevant medicines for women as patients but also as carers for their children and other family members. To achieve the organisation’s objectives, the EIWH will continue to:

  • Promote health throughout the lifespan in women and their families
  • Ensure quality and equity in health policy, research, treatment and care for all
  • Draw policymaker s attention to obstacles that women in minority and socio-economically disadvantaged groups face in obtaining a desirable health status.
  • Empower individuals to play an active part in their own health management.
  • Promote gender-specific bio-medical and socio-economic research that addresses sex and gender-based differences so ensuring access to quality treatment and care for women across their life span.
Main Activities

Health related research

The European Institute of Women’s Health works at EU, national, regional and local levels to promote women’s and family health issues, to improve health policy and promote gender equity in health.


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Finance and Main Partners

EU project work.


European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)