A virus that kills twice as many men than women still hasn’t woken the medical establishment up to its own sexism. An independent review published in July reported that medical staff dismissed patients’ concerns about treatments as “women’s problems”. Hundreds of thousands of women, and their babies, may have been affected. What would it take to make sex-disaggregated data compulsory in medical research? And how many lives could such a move save?
Chair: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, Tortoise
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Sarah Graham is an award-winning freelance health journalist and founder of feminist health blog Hysterical Women. She writes regularly for The i and Refinery29, and has also been published by Grazia, Stylist, Women’s Health, The Guardian and more. She covers all aspects of women’s physical and mental health, and is particularly interested in the areas where health and feminism collide. Kath Sansom is the journalist who founded Sling The Mesh campaign in 2015 to raise awareness of the irreversible and life-changing complications of mesh implants used to treat stress incontinence, prolapse and hernia. The campaign has been a stakeholder on NICE guidelines, sat on Parliamentary APPG, prompted Parliamentary debates, given evidence to Australian parliament on mesh implants and more importantly, helped bring about a hard hitting document called First Do No Harm by Baroness Cumberlege. The Mesh began with 20 members in June 2015. It now has more than 8600 from around the world. The campaign has also broken down taboos on embarrassing women’s health issues and highlighted flaws in scientific evidence on medicines and medical devices.