Events and Conferences

Zoom in on Girls, Meet-Ups & Intergenerational Networking Events: Regional Gatherings 2011

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Girls Action is hitting the road! It’s time once again for their Regional Events and this year, Zoom in on Girls will continue its tradition as a forum for girls’ programmers to learn, share and celebrate. However, they've added another dimension by creating a space for our Young Women’s Meet-Ups which will be held that same afternoon.

At the end of the day, these events will merge and culminate with an evening of intergenerational networking, sharing and celebration.

Locations for Zoom in on Girls, the Young Women’s Meet-Ups & Intergenerational networking event

Toronto, ON: April 28th...... deadline to register March 27th

Vancouver, BC: May 12th..... deadline to register April 3rd

Montreal, QC: May 26th..... deadline to register April 23rd

Space is limited so apply early!

Click here for more information and to register online for Meet-Up!

Click here for more information and to register online Zoom!

For more information on the event happening in your area, please contact or call 514.948.1112 or TF: 1.888.948.1112

Public Health/Private Interests: Breast Cancer Profiteering and the Struggle for a Prevention First Approach, with Dr. Samantha King

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Breast Cancer Action Montreal is delighted to present the Seventh Annual Lanie Melamed Memorial Lecture:

Public Health/Private Interests: Breast Cancer Profiteering and the Struggle for a Prevention First Approach, with Dr. Samantha King

Thursday April 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

J.A. de Sève Cinema LB-125 1400 de Maisonneuve West (Métro Guy-Concordia)

Free Admission

Présentée en anglais avec traduction française simultanée.

For more information, please visit BCAM.

Two upcoming Web conferences: CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health

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1. Web Conference: Scheduling in the retail sector and family considerations

Karen Messing, Vanessa Couture, France Tissot, researchers, CINBIOSE, UQAM

Tuesday April 26, 2011 – from 1:15 to 3:00 pm (Montreal time)

Please confirm your attendance by e-mail at:

Work schedules in the retail sector have special challenges for work-family interactions.  The FTQ union confederation has identified work-family balancing as a priority, and there is a new provincial certification for employers in work-family balancing.  At the request of the FTQ, we are collaborating with a retail chain to look for solutions.  One avenue that has been identified is that of profiting from the diversity of personal situations to develop schedule types for different groups, enabling differing needs to mesh.  But the gendered division of labour poses a problem.  We will present results from observations, store documents and a questionnaire administered in 7 stores.

2. Web Conference: Revealing gendering structures and processes in working life- a methodological challenge

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

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

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

Please confirm your attendance by e-mail at:

More details (location, procedures, etc.) will be available a week before each conference.

Policies Needed! Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Women’s Health

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A free public forum sponsored by the National Network on Environments and Women's Health

See attached posters, and feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues. 

March 30, 2011 at 7pm
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, East Ballroom
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal
Metro: Station Bonaventure

Geneviève Nadeau, Doctoral Candidate, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Lise Parent, Ph.D., Professor, UQAM

Community Perspective:
Rohini Peris, President, EHAQ

Breast Cancer Action Montreal
CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health
Environmental Health Association of Quebec
Réseau des femmes en environnement
Le Réseau québecois d'action pour la santé des femmes

Simultaneous translation services will be available.
Child care available upon request:

Please refrain from wearing perfumes, scented personal care products or tobacco-scented clothing.

Production of this event has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

Female Genital Cutting Symposium – Registration open

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May 5 & 6, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Symposium is free.

The Sexuality Education Resource Centre, Manitoba, in partnership with the University of Manitoba is pleased to start accepting applications for a unique learning and dialogue experience for those working directly in the area of female genital cutting, or FGC (also known as female genital mutilation or FGM) and/or who are addressing the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee individuals/populations affected by this practice.

For more details and to register, please see the attachments below.

All Our Sisters: First National Forum on Housing and Safe Communities for Women in Canada

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May 9 – 11, 2011
London, Ontario

ALL OUR SISTERS 2011 National Forum is the first national forum on housing and safe communities for women in Canada. This Forum is being presented by and for service providers, policy makers, researchers, social activists, and women with lived experience of homelessness from across Canada.

See the attached brochure for details on the conference.

Researching Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Context of Medical Illness: Lessons Learned about Health and Intersectionality

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The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health invites you to attend a guest lecture:

Monday, March 21, 2011
Room 101, Michael Smith Laboratory (2185 East Mall)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

This event is free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Despite the myriad of changes brought about by chronic medical illness to quality of life and physical functioning, sexual functioning and sexual satisfaction are often not a primary focus of research, and therefore are poorly understood. This gap in knowledge negatively affects patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Dr. Tae Hart will be presenting on the challenges of measurement of sexual functioning and sexual satisfaction in her research on gay men living with prostate cancer, men and women newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and men and women living with multiple sclerosis. Specifically, Dr. Hart will present patterns in these data regarding gender, age, and sexual orientation, and also discuss some of the challenges faced by quantitative researchers in collecting sexuality-based information.

About the speaker:
Tae Hart, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Ryerson University and the Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital) is a CIHR New Investigator in Gender and Health. Dr. Hart’s research is focused on psychological factors associated with adjustment to illness in individuals with chronic medical illness and their spouses/partners.

This event is presented by:
Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education, University of British Columbia
The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Body-Image and Self-Esteem: Shades of Grey - Early Bird Registration!

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National Eating Disorder Information Centre Conference:

Register now for early bird savings!
$295 for full conference; $325 after March 25th
Student and one-day rates available

May 2-3, 2011 Toronto, Ontario

Topics include:
-Mindfulness and emotional development
-Ontario's new Health and Phys Ed curriculum
-Weight -focused bullying
-Male athletes: weight and shape issues
-Binge-eating: understanding and working with it
-Packaging Girlhood: media and marketing influences on girls
-Body- image issues among adult women
-Social inequities and weight and shape issues
-Media literacy: hands-on learning for boys and girls
-Disordered eating and substance use/abuse
-See the whole program at

In partnership with Presenting Sponsor, the Dove Self Esteem Fund
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and the University of Toronto
Faculty of Physical and Health Education

Webcast: Girls, Young Women and Alcohol

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Join a webcast on: how girls empowerment groups can play a role in prevention of heavy alcohol use by girls & young women
Thursday, March 24, 9-10 am PST, noon-1 pm EST

Nancy Poole and Ginny Gonneau from the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health will share research on:
-current trends in binge drinking by girls and young women,
-key influences on girls' alcohol use,
-girl-specific health impacts of early and heavy alcohol use, and
-resources that may useful in your health promotion/ prevention work.

Registration is required for this webcast event. If you wish to attend, please send an email with the subject “Girls webcast” to by March 10. The instructions on how to log into the webcast will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

For more information and to download the flyer, please go to the website.

People's Tribunal on Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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March 18‐20, 2011

UQAM, Amphitheatre of the Pavillon Sherbrooke at 200, Sherbrooke St. W., Montréal

Listen to women in prostitution and act together to fight exploitation. This has been the rallying cry of the Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) since its creation. After five years of work developing educational materials and over three years’ of active presence on the ground, CLES intends to put commercial sexual exploitation and its impact on the movement to end violence against women on the agenda.

Read more about the People's Tribunal on the CLES website.

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