European Institute of Women's Health

The European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH) is a women's and family health policy development institution. It was established in 1996, primarily to ensure women's and indeed all aspects of family health and well being were on the European and national member parliament's agendas. The EIWH, is an NGO, established as a company, no shares. Its administrative office is based in Dublin, Ireland and it is a registered charity.

European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH)
FounderPeg Maguire
Legal statusRegistered charity
PurposePositively influencing health policy at the European Parliament, European Commission and works with other International Organisations and Agencies to ensure health and well being of all people are and remain a priority issue. Has a special interest in sex and gender issues and their impact on health.
Headquarters33 Pearse St., Dublin 2, Ireland
European Union
ProductsCancom: Cancer online information services with information downloads for women. A growing range of health related policy briefs and other research based information material mainly for women and their families and developed to positively influence the development of health policy by positively informing decision makers at European Union and national member levels.
ServicesInformation, dissemination. research, project management,
Official language
English and other EU languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Director General
Peg Maguire
Parent organization
Remarkscurrently developing other specific health related websites starting with

Its work is aimed at positively influencing the European Parliament, European Commission and other international organisations and agencies to ensure the health, well-being of women in particular and their families are and remain a priority issue. They actively work to promote increased understanding of the roles of sex and gender as ways of increasing understanding, managing and so improving health for all.

Advisory roles

The EIWH has a number of advisory roles to other organisations. This activity includes its work with:

  • European Medicines Agency
  • The European Cancer Partnership Second Joint Action
  • European Public Health Alliance, member of Policy Co-ordination Group
  • European Patients Forum, Member of Policy Committee
  • EFPIA Patient/Industry Think Tank
  • EU Fundamental Rights Agency, NGO Platform
  • European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
  • EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing—Action Group on Falls Prevention, Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA)—Action A2
  • Member of Ethics Board of EHR4CR (Electronic Health Records for Clinical Research) WHO Women's Health Report
  • Horizon 2020 Steering Group for Societal Change 1 "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
  • Expert Advisor to WHO Women's Strategy 2016
  • Cooperating partner in the World Congress on Women's Mental Health (March 2017)

Use of EIWH's work

  • European Institute of Women's Health (1996). Women in Europe towards healthy ageing, a review of the health status of mid-life and older women, Dublin: European Institute of Women's Health
Cited in: Kalache, Alexandre; Barreto, Sandhi Maria; Keller, Ingrid (2005), "Global againg: the demographic revolution in all cultures and societies", in Johnson, Malcolm (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing, Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 30–46, ISBN 9780521533706
  • European Institute of Women's Health (2006). Women's health in Europe. Facts and figures across the European Union. Dublin: European Institute of Women's Health
Cited in: Östlin, Piroska (2010), "Gender equity in access to health care and treatment – a global view", in Lasch, Vera (ed.), Equity in access to health promotion, treatment and care for all European women, Kassel: Kassel University Press, p. 17, ISBN 9783899587401
  • European Institute of Women's Health is also cited in: Duina, Francesco (2006). "Societal adjustments to integration". The social construction of free trade: the European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 150–154. ISBN 9781400849413.