Events and Conferences

Public lecture in Montreal by Judy Norsigian: “Preventing Violence in Women’s Lives”

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Celebrated author, speaker and health advocate: Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves will speak in Montreal this week on  “Preventing Violence in Women’s Lives: Curbing Sex Trafficking and Other Attacks on Women’s Health and Well-Being”

DATE: Thursday, 27 October, 2011, 7:30 PM

PLACE: McGill University, Leacock building, 855 Sherbrooke St.
West, Room 232

A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Seating may be limited, PLEASE REGISTER at: or 514.398.3911

For updates visit their website.

Suggested donation for those who are able: $25; $5-10 Students. All funds will go to The Rescue Foundation of India through Child Care International.The Foundation rescues, rehabilitates and repatriates girls and women who are trafficked from India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Rescue Foundation is the largest NGO in India in saving human trafficking victims, and it is also the only NGO providing services for these girls to integrate back into society.

Judy Norsigian is an internationally renowned speaker and writer on a wide range of women's health concerns, including abortion and contraception, sexually transmitted infections, genetics and reproductive technologies, tobacco and women, women and health care reform, and midwifery advocacy.
She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including OPRAH, the TODAY show, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE EARLY SHOW and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

Tired of all the pink-washing? Come see what you can do about it

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Friday, October 28, 6-9 p.m.
WHEN @ The Centre for Social Innovation
 215 Spadina Ave. Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7
Phone: 416-970-7393

October is Breast Cancer Month.  We think of it as Breast Cancer Prevention Month. Come see "Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer", a film featuring Olivia Newton-John, Devra Lee Davis and Rosalie Bertell. The screening of this award-winning documentary will be followed by a discussion about breast cancer prevention and what you can do about it.  Sponsored by the Women's Healthy Environments Network (WHEN).

For more information about the event, please contact WHEN at: 416-970-7393 or

Take Back the Night October 20 in Winnipeg

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On Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Winnipeg’s FemRev Collective is organizing a Take Back the Night march. Take Back the Night is an annual international event to resist violence against women and children.

Meet at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (MERC, 430 Langside St.) at 6pm!

March returns the the MERC for coffee and refreshments.
The MERC is a physically accessible space.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information, email or check out the FaceBook event.


Invitation to the launch of POWER Study supplement on Older Women’s Health

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When: Thursday October 27th, 2011, 1pm – 3pm

Where: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria St., 2nd floor room 211

St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

This session is offered by videoconference through the Ontario Telemedicine Network and via webcast.

Using a community-engaged research model and integrated KT approach, the POWER Study has examined a comprehensive set of evidence-based indicators bridging population health and health system performance. The Women's Health Equity Report serves as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario.

Older Women’s Health is a supplement to the POWER report. This supplement examines the health of older women in Ontario and the quality of care that they receive, including differences by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and geography. In this report, we have re-examined and synthesized a selection of quality indicators reported in previous POWER Study chapters to paint a picture of overall health and how care is currently being provided to older adults in Ontario. We also include new indicators related to two particularly important settings of care for aging Ontarians: home care services and long-term care.


Please RSVP by October 21st, 2011 to or call 416-864-6060 x 77560.
If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to designate someone in your place.


Common Ground Collaborative Care clinic launches Sept. 30 in Ottawa

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Join the excitement of Common Ground Collaborative Care, a new feminist health clinic in central Ottawa.

Common Ground clinic is run by a young family doctor who is also a parent, community activist and medical anthropologist. Patient-centered care is the driving philosophy. Associates will make this a success by sharing the space (can't be collaborative without collaborators!). Social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, family docs, pediatricians, psychiatrists, lactation consultants, massage therapists, dieticians and others are welcome. Full-time or part-time (minimum 1 day/week, administrative support provided).

Official wine and chocolate party to launch Common Ground will be held on Friday September 30th from 7-9pm at 151 d Second Avenue (in the Glebe, next to the Urban Pear).

Potential associates, please email:

Visit the clinic website.


2011 CEDAW for Change Institute

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Are you a women’s human rights defender?  Do you want to increase your understanding of women's human rights, and use the UN system to support your activism? Join other international activists, scholars, community workers, NGO representatives, lawyers and educators in learning about the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the "CEDAW for Change" One-Week Women's Human Rights Education Institute this October 24 - 28, 2011.

CEDAW for Change
October 24 - 28, 2011

Final application deadline for participants not requiring a visa:  October 1, 2011

For full details and the online application form, see their website at:

For inquiries, contact us at:    

Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls

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Saturday, October 1. 2011
Boston University, Tsai Center for Performing Arts 

It began with a small group of women and one stapled book in Boston in 1971. Since then, Our Bodies, Ourselves has inspired women's health  and human rights movements in 25 countries.

Join them as they celebrate the work of their courageous global partners, launch their 9th U.S. edition, and honor 40 years of activism on behalf of women and girls.

Register online (free, but space is limited). Or call 617-245-0200 ext. 10

Featuring women's groups around the globe that have developed health resources based on Our Bodies, Ourselves; contributors to the new U.S. edition; public policy and human rights experts; and special guests. Reception immediately following symposium.

More information is available on their website.

35th Anniversary of CRIAW-ICREF – July 7 in Ottawa

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Desmarais Building, Room 3120, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Street East, Ottawa

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF), as a bilingual research institute in Canada with an exclusive focus on feminist research, provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. Generations of feminists and activists at CRIAW-ICREF have been documenting the socio-economic situation of women in Canada through innovative research for 35 years.

This noon time event is a celebration of CRIAW-ICREF’s accomplishments during the last 35 years (beginning at 1 p.m.), as well as a time to propose new ideas and suggestions for future feminist research that enriches the Canadian feminist movement.

You may order (and prepay) a box lunch in advance at the Information Table CRIAW-ICREF will have at Women’s Worlds, Jock Turcot University Center (orders for lunch may be made there between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from Monday, July 4 to Wednesday, July 6), or you may make your own lunch arrangements (there will be a food fair on the University of Ottawa campus Tabaret Lawn, or you could provide your own food). They will offer a celebratory cake at 1:45 p.m.


Great Expectations: A Fifty Year Retrospective on Oral Contraception

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July 3, 2011
09:00 to 16:30
Fourth floor of the Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa ON.

On behalf of Dr. Christabelle Sethna and the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Social Sciences, you are cordially invited to attend "Great Expectations: A Fifty Year Retrospective on Oral Contraception"

This event is free to attend and will showcase a host of expert panelists, from international scholars to local activists and professionals, speaking on issues surrounding this milestone in birth control history. Breakfast, lunch and light afternoon refreshments are complimentary (vegetarian friendly).

Note: This symposium is a sister event of Women's Worlds 2011.

For details, visit their website and visit their Facebook event page

For further information and to register, contact Amanda Watson at: Please RSVP by June 25, 2011 to ensure sufficient catering for everyone.

Women’s Worlds 2011 - Still time to register!

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WW 2011 is a global convergence to advance women's equality through research, exchange, leadership, and action. Expected to draw some 2000 participants from around the world, WW 2011 is a unique global event that will enhance women's leadership skills and organizational capacity, support the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and foster research and action networks on women's issues. The full program can be found here.

There are 1500  already registered. There is room for more! If you plan on going to Women's Worlds 2011, register here!

If you are willing to give 12 hours of your time and talent before or during the event, your registration fee will be waived. Fill out the volunteer form here or email

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