“Communities and countries, and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women”. One in 11 European adult women lives with diabetes today. Many more are at high risk, and gestational diabetes is increasing. Over 140.000 children have type 1 diabetes in the European region and 21.600 more are diagnosed each year, thus also impacting the life of their mothers. Women should be the first to be protected against the diabetes pandemic.