The Summary of the International Association for Women's Mental Health Congress in Lima is now online
IAWMH held its 5th World Congress in Lima, Peru, on March 4-7, 2013 building on the success of the four previous congresses held in Berlin (2001), Washington (2004), Melbourne (2008), and Madrid (2011). The Congress was attended by 458 delegates from 57 countries (learn more here).
In summary, we identified some crucial needs in our multi-disciplinary conference from which stem needs for action across sectors:
• Educational and attitudinal changes have to catch up with what we know and what international and national laws say about equality and protection of women from violence and exclusion,
• Academics must advance the conceptualization and expansion of our understanding of the mechanisms that turn experience into changes in the way women – and men – feel, think and behave
• States need to enforce and monitor the law and policies to advance equality and autonomy of women, and
• Civil society advocates must take advantage of this body of knowledge to help shape a better situation for all.