World Congress on Women's Mental Health (IAWMH) to be held in Maastricht in 2022

Maastricht, 8 June 2021 – In November 2022, Maastricht will be dedicated to the theme of women’s mental health during a four-day event. From 6 to 9 November 2022, MECC Maastricht will welcome the 9th World Congress on Women's Mental Health, and four years earlier than originally planned. After previously being held in Madrid, Lima, Tokyo, Dublin and Paris, Maastricht has been chosen as the destination for this 9th edition. The agreement was signed today in the brand new MECC Studio by the board of the Dutch division of the International Association for Women's Mental Health (IAWMH) consisting of Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers, Rutger Jan van der Gaag, Nienke Hagenbeek and Charles Beckers, Senior Business Development Manager for MECC Maastricht. Each year, this international congress is attended by around 1,200 clinicians and researchers from all over the world.

Founded in 2001 with the aim of improving the mental health of women everywhere, the IAWMH’s goal is to set up a network of national and international communities. In the Netherlands, this initiative is supported by the Alliance for Gender and Mental Health. Professionals such as psychiatrists affiliated with the NVvP and NIP and POH GGZ psychologists as well as those affiliated with the Association for Gender and Health all work closely with patient organisations (MIND Samen Sterk zonder Stigma) and social partners WOMEN Inc. and the Dutch GGZ (Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care). Queen Máxima attended the festive launch ceremony of the Alliance for Gender and Mental Health on 3 February this year.

Rutger Jan van der Gaag: “Thanks to its central location in Europe, Maastricht is easily accessible from all corners of the world.” Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers: “Where else would you find a city with a female mayor, female rector magnificus and chairman of the board of a major university medical centre, to name just a few?” Nienke Hagenbeek: “The MECC radiates openness, and offers an inviting setting to meet, interact and get inspired. All of the right ingredients for the organisation of the 9th International Congress on Women’s Mental Health - Determination and Solidarity in November 2022.”

Charles Beckers, Senior Business Development Manager for MECC Maastricht: “It’s great to see how all our efforts and the close cooperation with the affiliated parties have converged to ensure we will be able to welcome this internationally renowned congress as soon as 2022. And the icing on the cake is that it will all happen at our completely new and expanded conference centre.”

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From left to right: Charles Beckers - Sr. Business Development Manager MECC Maastricht, Nienke Hagenbeek, Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers and Rutger Jan van der Gaag - the board of the Dutch division of the International Association for Women's Mental Health, Niels Klinkhamer - Managing Director Klinkhamer Group

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