RCN and Thistle Foundation host women's health event

27 Sep 2019

‘Power to the Womb‘an’ event is an afternoon of world café discussions on women’s health, busting myths and sharing experiences on Scotland’s progress to being a period positive nation.

The event is being opened by Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, who is championing an end to period poverty with her member’s Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament.

The event takes place at Thistle’s Centre of Wellbeing in Edinburgh. Thistle is a health and wellbeing charity supporting disabled people and those living with long term conditions to live well. To mark the event, creative displays from Thistle community projects will be on show.

Guests will also be able to view the pop-up RCN exhibition ‘The Wandering Womb: Women's health nursing past and present’ which explores themes including menstruation, miscarriage, menopause and gynaecological cancers, and how nursing as a profession has challenged the myths and misconceptions around women's health.  

RCN Scotland Director Theresa Fyffe said:

“It’s so important to have more open conversations around women’s health to address the myths that still prevail today. We’re therefore delighted to host this event with Thistle to encourage these vital discussions and also to celebrate the leading role of nursing, past and present, in health care for women. Given the Scottish Government’s recent announcement that it plans to establish a new Women’s Health Plan to tackle health inequalities, this is a great time to be discussing these issues.”

Thistle’s CEO Mark Hoolahan said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work with the RCN on this event, bringing together people we support with healthcare professionals from across Scotland. We’re passionate that regardless of disability or long term health condition, everyone should be able to live life with a sense of wellbeing – and addressing women’s health issues is important in achieving that. In our 75 years as a charity we’ve seen remarkable changes in society’s attitudes to health and wellbeing, and know that these open and inclusive conversations are vital in continuing to improve the wellbeing of people in Scotland.”

Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, said:

“It’s so important to raise awareness of women’s health to create a united and strong voice for women and girls around the world and help break the silence about menstruation, miscarriage, menopause and gynaecological cancers. Having your period is a regular part of life for half the population, yet you would never know that from how the subject is still discussed. Fortunately, that is beginning to change in Scotland and I’m pleased that my Member’s Bill to make universal access to period products a legal right is currently being considered by Parliament. It’s great to see this event encouraging discussion and showcasing women’s healthcare.”

The ‘Power to the Womb‘an: From period parables to menopause mysteries’ event is taking place on Tuesday 8 Oct from 14:00-16:00 (doors open 13:30). It will take place at Thistle Foundation, Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen's Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA

This is a Royal College of Nursing event as part of the RCN Library and Archives The Wandering Womb: Women’s health nursing past and present exhibition currently on display at RCN Scotland until 30 October.

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