The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, also known as FIGO, is a global non-governmental organisation working to improve the health and well being of women and newborns worldwide. Founded in 1954, FIGO is the only organisation bringing together professional societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists in research, advocacy, and clinical best practices across 132 countries.
FIGO is committed to a world where every woman, wherever she lives, achieves active participation in her own health and rights, and the highest possible standards of health. FIGO's strength comes from their world-renowned experts, whose knowledge and experience in all aspects of women's health help share best practices and innovation.
As part of FIGO's vision that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and well-being throughout their lives, this organisation leads global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South East Asia. We also build capacities of national member societies from low-resource countries through strengthening leadership, good practice, and promotion of policy dialogues.
Sustainable Development Goals
FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). They also work to raise the status of women and enable their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing female gender mutilation and gender based violence (SDG 5).
The challenges are huge; therefore collaboration is essential. FIGO is committed to strengthening partnerships with other professions and sectors (SDG 17). We are in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and consultative status with the United Nations (UN), helping to shape public policy at a global, regional, and national levels.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists, or RANZCOG, is dedicated to the establishment of high standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health. The College trains and accredits doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand in the specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology so that they are capable of providing the highest standards of healthcare.
The College also supports research into women’s health and acts as an advocate for women’s healthcare by forging productive relationships with individuals, the community and professional organisations, both locally and internationally.