SAY...one in three women said that 'being embarrassed about their body' was a main reason for not attending a life-saving smear test.
SAY...100% of women, and people with ovaries, will go through menopause but only 7% will get the help they need.
SAY...in 2019, the UK had the largest gender health gap in the G20...and the 12th largest globally.
SAY...there has been FIVE times the amount of research into male erectile dysfunction, affecting 19% of men, than into premenstrual syndrome, that affects 90% of women.
It's time to speak up.
It's time to talk about your experiences.
The gender health gap is stunting careers, impacting mental health and in some cases, it is killing people.
Fathers. mothers, brothers, bosses, friends and sisters, be a part of the conversation - save lives and close the gap.
Fiona has worked in client-side marketing for all of her career. Beginning her experience in pharmaceutical marketing, working across both Pfizer and Perrigo consumer healthcare portfolios.
Now she has a special interest in women’s health due to her continued work in this area. Fiona set up Brand Champions after feeling frustrated about the lack of flexible working available within the corporate world to allow her to continue her successful career and enjoy time with her family. She now works with many likeminded individuals who would be totally wasted talent if they weren’t given flexible options.
Fiona is passionate about speaking up on the gender health gap and is delighted to have the chance to host the first Gender Health gap panel event in Jersey. “Quite simply, until we can create an environment where women can thrive, free of the stigma attached to their health and care-giving roles, we won’t see as many women reach top level positions and we won’t be able to break the cycle of inequality. So come and join us, start by saying something about female health and we’ll see where that takes us.”
Neil McLachlan, MBE FRCOG, arrived in Jersey in 1991 from Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London where he was involved in caring for women in High-Risk pregnancies and practiced Gynaecology.
His 30-year career working as an OB/GYN in Jersey Neil Mclachlan has changed the landscape of female healthcare and has done much to work against the grain of the gender health gap.From helping establish an on-island Assisted Reproduction Unit (ARU) that dramatically improved the experience of couples receiving fertility treatment, to most recently, setting up a Women’s Wellness Clinic that hopes to reduce the pressure on the hospital by providing early and expert intervention with issues relating to the menopause, incontinence, infertility and complex contraceptive problems, Neil’s expertise and experience are extremely welcome on our panel and we are delighted he will be joining us.
Lynne Capie has worked and lived in the Jersey community for over 20 years in the corporate, legal and hospitality sectors and in local government.
Lynne has developed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies, plans and events and nurtured a number of community partnerships in her role in the corporate world.
She also has experience of working with local charities and was previously a committee member of Le Tournoi and a volunteer for The Princes Trust.
Alongside a former Managing Partner, she set up the Female Leaders Network at Appleby and is currently working with her co-leads Gemma Whale and Amy Benest to determine a plan to influence local government to end period poverty in Jersey and to influence the Female Leader’s Network members to introduce menopause policies in their organisations, having pledged to be a Menopause Friendly Workplace as part of The Diversity Network’s 51 Employers initiative.
Lynne is a trained Mental Health First Aider and has worked with Appleby in partnership with a number of local leaders and organisations to highlight how we can improve Mental Health in the workplace.
Dr Sarah Brewer, MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC, is the Medical Director of Healthspan. She qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working as a hospital doctor and in general practice, she recognised that many illnesses have a dietary basis and went on to gain a Master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a registered doctor, Sarah is a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. She writes widely on all aspects of health and nutrition and is the author of over 60 popular self-help books.
Matt Falla is the Managing Director of Smith & Williamson and is playing a huge role in wellbeing in Jersey with the start up of Man Club.
When Matt recently spoke to the Guernsey Press he said..."It is well documented that spend on wellbeing delivers a 400-900% return on investment, levels that are impossible to find in business. Benefits are seen in reducing absenteeism and presenteeism, whilst improving morale, productivity and the reputation of the business".
Lauren Lowe is the captain of the Jersey Reds Women’s rugby team and has played international touch rugby at both European and World Championships since a young age. She is currently working as a staff nurse in Jersey on the Acute Assessment Unit, balancing full time employment whilst representing the island in sport. She also assisted with organising a ‘Round the Rock’ cycle charity event last year to raise funds and awareness for the Jersey Women’s Refuge.
Having participated in high level sport throughout her whole life, Lauren has tackled gender inequalities and stereotypes associated with playing a physical and aggressive sport such as rugby. She is looking forward to offering a perspective of how female health concerns should not be a barrier affecting a women’s ability to compete in high level sport.
The Eve Appeal were set up to prevent gynaecological cancers and save lives by funding ground-breaking research focused on developing effective methods of risk prediction, earlier detection and developing screening for all of the five gynae cancers.