International Women's Day 2024: Shining a spotlight on women’s health

  • 8th March 2024

Credit: Breathing Fire Company. Participants in workshop exploring potential impacts of gender, age and ethnicity on getting to or staying at a ‘healthy weight’.

March 2, 2024, saw another amazing staging of Bristol’s Women’s Voice’s annual International Women’s Day event, under the theme ‘Celebrate Together’. Bristol Health Partners was widely represented at the celebrations held at City Hall.

Spotlight on women’s health

Three key members of the partnership sat on a Bristol Women’s Commission ‘Spotlight on Women’s Health’ panel. This was a robust and topical discussion chaired by Penny Gane of Bristol’s Women’s Commission, Women’s Health Task Group.

BBC Bristol broadcaster and health advocate Primrose Granville is an expert public contributor to our Research and Innovation Steering Group. She works with us in addressing race-related health inequalities through the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (BNSSG ICB) diverse Research Engagement Network, which we facilitate.

Joining Primrose on the panel were Monira Chowdhury, one of the founding members of the Research Engagement Network and co-chair of Bristol Women’s Commission’s Women’s Health Task Group, and our Board member Dr Joanne Medhurst, BNSSG who is the ICB Chief Medical Officer.

Primrose said:

“The Spotlight on Women’s Health’ was well attended and brought to the fore the need for more to be done in women’s health. From mental health to menopause and listening to and labelling women, the discussion was poignant and powerful by the knowledgeable women in the room.

“Here’s to more, especially from Bristol Health Partners, who are involved in change that will make healthcare more equitable across our region.”

Perspectives on ‘healthy weight’

The International Women’s Day agenda also included a creative workshop from our Healthy Weight HIT and collaborators Breathing Fire Company.

The session explored the meaning of a healthy weight from different perspectives, and the potential impacts of gender, age and ethnicity on getting to or staying at a ‘healthy weight’.

Thanks to the HIT’s public contributor who instigated this event and to Breathing Fire Company for their facilitation.