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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Regitz-Zarosek at the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence, Villa Vigoni

Despite - or perhaps because of - a sense of disaster in regards to "Europe" sentiments from the northern tip of the UK to the southern tip of Italy, the "Vigoni Forum" held annually at Villa Vigoni  in northern Italy, was held from 4 to 6 July 2019 with focus on the topic "sustainability, creativity, development as political, cultural and philosophical challenges". (D. Reichardt, www.kultur-port.de/index.php/kolumne/meinung/15771-europas-krisen-2019-migration-brexit-neue-weltordnung.html)

This year, twelve experts advised and discussed at the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence under the aegis of the newly elected Secretary-General of Villa Vigoni Dr. Christiane Liermann Traniello in front of (and with) thirty invited members of the Centre, which values connect our "enlightened" Europe at the level of the individual Member States and as EU body with the rest of the world. The conference, which was held in German and Italian with simultaneous translation, gave a picture that was although segment-like, quite clear on which leadership roles and tasks the two EU founding states, Germany and Italy, can undertake within this framework. 


Political and philosophical topics included a statement from the area of human medicine, by the internist and cardiologist of the Berlin Charité, and director of the" Berlin Institute for Gender in Medicine", Vera Regitz-Zagrosek. It was about the participation of women as patients and doctors as a prerequisite for a sustainable development. 


Who in highly industrialized Germany or even in the progressive West is aware, that women and men are not equally involved in health care and medicine, that heart attacks have gender-specific symptoms, which most internists are barely familiar with, or that women suffer from more side effects of drugs than men, but that the side effects of drugs are only analyzed separately in women and men in every tenth case and the research only recently - and only in the US - prescribes equal analysis? And that in Germany women only reach less than 5% of leadership positions in university medicine, although the majority of medical students have been women for the past 25 years. This is no different in other European countries. It is amazing how little these problems have arrived in European politics so far. Now, an interdisciplinary Gender Academy, funded by the EU, is attempting to improve this situation with Europe-wide further education. 


For more information on the Villa Vigoni (in German), please click here.


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