ENVI

ENVI

Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights: Women are chronically underrepresented and under-researched in medicine, which often leads to misdiagnosis and dismissal when they seek medical treatment. Given this gender data gap, how can the EU ensure its female population (51%) receives effective treatment?

Submitted by: Shriya Balaji, Max Bonnet, Leia Gilceava, Kiki Gielen, Lusan Haan, Julian Jongbloed, Femke Kappe,  María Cuder (Chairperson, ES).

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY

The European Youth Parliament,

  1. Concerned by by the frequent misdiagnosis when women seek medical treatment  in comparison to men,
  2. Noting with regret the lack of research in relation to the women bodies as a consequence of using the male bodies in order for these studies as a way to “simplify them”,
  3. Bearing in mind that women are underrepresented in higher academic roles, 
  4. Aware that women are sometimes given the wrong drug dosage as a consequence of setting the male body as a standard,
  5. Fully alarmed by the fact that female health issues are sometimes not given enough importance because of the stigmatisation of women as “complaining”,
  6. Acknowledging the fact that women often receive their medical diagnoses later than men;
  1. Urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support additional research opportunities on issues specific to female bodies;
  2. Requests the EU Cohesion Fund not fund organisations which are not inclusive in the research of medications and their side effects; 
  3. Invites the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) to keep promoting co-education and a diverse workplace in the medical field to diminish bias in the sector;
  4. Instructs the Member States to include female specific illnesses and influential women in the medical field in school curricula;
  5. Calls upon the Member States to actively promote career opportunities for skilled female medical professional
  6. Directs the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to mandate retrials of medication whose initial trial sample did not contain a balanced sex ratio;
  7. Appeals to the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) to focus on combatting stereotypes as part of interpersonal skills in medical trainin
  8. Asks the Member States to start an organisation for handling anonymous reports on sexism in the medical field;
  9. Petitions the Member States to help make studies and articles on sexism in medicine more relevant and accessible