Supporting the Wellbeing of Women
There will be no woman alive today who has not in one way or another benefitted from research funded by Wellbeing of Women…and the health of nations all across the world depends on the health of women,’ said Sir Marcus Setchell, former Surgeon-Gynaecologist to HM The Queen.
Wellbeing of Women was founded in 1964 with the aim of developing tests and treatments and finding cures to change and save the lives of women, girls and babies. Since the charity’s inception, more than £64 million has been invested in research that has had a startling impact on women’s life chances. Among the charity’s most vocal supporters is comedian Jennifer Saunders, who is presenting a BBC Radio 4 appeal on Sunday 29 November that highlights the lack of attention devoted to women’s health issues such as ovarian cancer. ‘Many women’s health issues are often overlooked, and women are left feeling embarrassed and in pain,’ says Jennifer, herself a survivor of cancer who admits she wouldn’t be here were it not for vital research. ‘These issues are often trivialised, and a woman’s reproductive health doesn’t always receive the attention or investment it deserves, especially when it comes to saving lives.’
Changing and saving lives
Among the life-changing and life-saving practices Wellbeing of Women’s research has enabled are the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and the prescription of folic acid to help prevent birth defects, the HPV vaccination programme to protect against cervical cancer and the use of laser therapy to treat gynecological cancers, the use of Botox to treat incontinence, and treatments that help the survival of preterm babies. ‘There will be no woman alive today who has not in one way or another benefitted from research funded by Wellbeing of Women…and the health of nations all across the world depends on the health of women,’ said Sir Marcus Setchell, former Surgeon-Gynaecologist to HM The Queen. Despite this success, however, there is still more to do.
‘Gazelli’s mission is to support women’s wellbeing, but it’s obvious that we need more openness about our lived experience and more focus on issues that are specific to women,’ says our founder Jamila Askarova. For instance, in October Gazelli House hosted a pioneering Festival of Super Power, bringing together experts to discuss how to re-frame approaches to the menopause with the aim of gathering and disseminating knowledge and information that can be passed on to the next generation. Gazelli decided to donate the proceeds to Wellbeing of Women – and we feel it is vital to continue to offer the charity our support.
Help us support Wellbeing of Women
Jamila co-founded Gazelli skincare with her mother, Zarifa Hamzayeva, a doctor of genetics and preventative medicine who created and championed diagnostic methods and healing programmes and pioneered the link between skincare and wellbeing. Gazelli Skincare is the culmination of her work, and to support Wellbeing of Women, we are now giving the charity 10 per cent of the retail price of every product sold from our pioneering Gazelli skincare range. ‘Having a scientist as a mother means I have always recognised the importance of research and creativity in finding ways to improve our lives,’ says Jamila. ‘Our practitioners work with up-to-date science as well as drawing on age-old traditions, so I am determined to support those who are researching women’s health to help us to reach our full potential.’
You can browse Gazelli’s wonderful skincare range – which combines Zarifa’s knowledge of the healing properties of Azerbaijan’s natural resources with the most effective skincare ingredients from across the world – in our Wellbeing Shop here.