Events and Conferences

Upcoming Women’s Health Leadership 101 Retreats in Ontario

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The Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) is currently accepting applications for upcoming Level 1: Women’s Health Leadership 101 training retreats scheduled for the following dates:
Retreat Date: August 17 – 19, 2011 - Application Deadline: June 30
Retreat Date: September 19 – 21, 2011 - Application Deadline: August 3
Retreat Date: October 5 – 7, 2011 - Application Deadline: August 22

Information about the program and the application form are available on OWHN’s website

Women who are interested in applying to participate should complete the application and return it to OWHN by the appropriate deadline date as indicated above. Future Women’s Health Leadership 101 retreat dates will be announced at a later date.

Please contact OWHN with any questions about the program or application process: 416-408-4840 or toll-free 1-866-860-4545


Web Conference: Revealing gendering structures and processes in working life- a methodological challenge (June 13)

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Monday June 13, 2011 – from 1:15 to 3:00 pm (Montreal time)

Examples from studies of gender, work and health in different sectors in Sweden.

Annika Härenstam, Professor, Department of Work Science, Göteborg University, Sweden

Please confirm your attendance by e-mail at:

Marie Eve Rioux-Pelletier, Coordonnatrice - Coordinator, CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health, Équipe des IRSC sur le genre, l’environnement et la santé
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la biologie, la santé, la société et l'environnement (CINBIOSE)
Université du Québec à Montréal
C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal (Québec) Canada H3C 3P8
1 (514) 987-3000 poste 4757

Women's Mental Health Conference in Ottawa

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Ottawa, Ontario
October 21, 2011

At Ottawa's first Women's Mental Health Conference, speakers and panelists will present and discuss leading-edge research and best practices for mental health care that reflects women's unique physiological, psychological and social needs across the lifespan.

The conference will include topics designed to interest medical practitioners, clinicians, health professionals and community workers.

Dr. Claudio Soares will present research on Mood disorders and Perimenopause, Dr. Dennis Raphael will speak on the Social Determinants of Women's Mental Health, Dr. Valerie Taylor will discuss Young Women, Self Esteem, Body Image and Mood, Dr. Charmaine Williams will present Women's Caring: psychological, and social issues and Dr. Jasmine Ghandi on Perinatal Mood Disorders. Other hot topics to include the Effects of Estrogen on Cognition and Dementia, Depression and Aging.

The Women's Mental Health Program of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre will be presenting this conference. Stay tuned for more speakers and program details. For more information, visit their website.

Web conferences: From Data to Prevention: Framing Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Impact From a Cost-Effectiveness Perspective

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These PreventConnect web conferences will explore how to use data about sexual violence and domestic violence. In October 2011 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be releasing the results about the prevalence of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking from a new survey called National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

These web conferences aim to help prepare you to have the background on this work and to craft messages that will support your efforts within your community.

Register now online while there is still space. PreventConnect web conferences are free.

- Understanding the Differences between National Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Surveys
May 25 & May 26 at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time (2pm Eastern Time) (May 26 is a repeat session).

- From Data to Prevention: Framing Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Impact from a Cost-Effectiveness
June 8, 2010, 11am Pacific Time (2pm Eastern Time)*

International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME biennial conference

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Translating Evidence into Practice
September 22-25, 2011 • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Integrative conference themes will focus on fatigue, pain, sleep, pediatrics, cognition, and brain function in CFS/ME, Fibromyalgia, and Related Illnesses (e.g., cancer fatigue). In addition, different sessions will address advances in assessment and treatment (from biological to behavioral), as well as new developments in virology, immunology, and neuroendocrinology.

Attendees to IACFS/ME conferences are primarily biomedical and behavioral professionals, including clinicians, researchers, and educators. It is anticipated that this event will be accredited for continuing medical education for Category 1 CME (physicians), CNE for nurses, and CPE for pharmacists.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Register by MAY 5th - Young mothers and empowerment forum

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Sponsored by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)


May 11-12, 2011, TORONTO

Space is limited. PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!

Click here to register: young mothers registration form

Featuring: 30 presenters and 7 panels over 2 days, Also featuring a closing forum roundtable discussion: "Young Mothers and Empowerment: Where do we go from here?"  

Forum program, registration and information are available on their website.

Only three weeks to RebELLEs, the 2nd Pancanadian Young Feminist Gathering!

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There are just two weeks left to register for the 2nd Pancanadian Young Feminist Gathering, RebELLEs: Notre Révolution Féministe, Our Revolution is Now! There are only 3 weeks left until the gathering starts!

Registration is open until Friday May 13th, 2011, but organizers encourage people to register for the gathering as soon as possible! In order to plan meals, workshops and accommodate for space and special needs, they need to know soon how many people will be attending. You can register online here.

Check out the promo video here. 

UN Women launches in Canada this week!

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The National Committee for UN Women – Canada (previously UNIFEM Canada) is celebrating the historic arrival of a new era of gender equality across the world under the mandate of a new United Nations super-entity UN Women and its National Committee in Canada.

The celebrations for the launch of the Canadian National Committee will take place in Montreal April 15:
Friday April 15, 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
7595 Saint Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
RSVP your attendance by emailing

Also, in Winnipeg on May 9, the Winnipeg Chapter for the National Committee for UN Women Canada invites you to a celebration of this historic new era of gender equality:
Monday, May 9, 2011 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University of Winnipeg,  515 Portage Avenue - Room 2M70
Special  speaker from UN Women (New York)
Program to include refreshments,  special entertainment and an opportunity to help grow UN Women
All are welcome! No charge!
Please rsvp to
The Global College Institute for International Women's Rights is co hosting this event.

Challenging Queerphobic Practice, Forum

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May 2, 2011
10:30am to 12:30pm
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre

Join the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health for this exciting forum featuring Jemma Tosh's work: Challenging Queerphobic Practice: Protesting Ken Zucker’s ‘Treatment’ of Childhood Gender Identity Disorder. Jemma is a PhD Candidate visiting from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Childhood Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a very controversial disorder. With the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) due for publication in 2013, complex debates about gender diversity and pathologization are growing. Jemma’s presentation challenges Zucker’s treatment approach, which lacks empirical support and uses the ‘prevention’ of transsexualism and homosexuality as a rationale for its implementation. It will also be interesting to hear Jemma reflect on the actions of the ‘Protest Zucker’ group, who challenged Zucker at a UK Conference in December 2010.

See invitation for details. Please RSVP by April 18th 2011 to

Discussing alcohol with pregnant women

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BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health are pleased to invite you to a lunch hour presentation.

Discussing alcohol with pregnant women: An exploration of the recommendations in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) Consensus Clinical Guidelines
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Noon-1:00 pm
To download the flyer, please go to BCCEWH.

Media coverage about drinking in pregnancy has been lively over the 6 months since the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)  issued their Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines. This session will provide the opportunity to unpack the myths and realities related to harms associated with drinking in pregnancy, and explore the practices recommended by the SOGC.  Discussion of issues surrounding the application of the guidelines in a range of contexts will be welcomed.


Janet Walker
Leader Quality Outcomes, Perinatal Services BC

Nancy Poole
Director, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Provincial Consultant, Women and Substance Use Issues, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
Leader, Network Action Team on FASD Prevention, Canada Northwest FASD Research Network
One of 13 authors of the SOGC Guidelines

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