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DAWN seeks Coordinator of Community Initiatives

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The DisAbled Women’s Network /Réseau d'action de femmes handicapées (RAFH) Canada with their partner the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are launching a National Community Development Initiative to address various priority issues of concern for women and men people with disabilities and Deaf people in Canada.

Read the job description for the Coordinator of Community Initiatives.

Take Back Our Genes: Ending the Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

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On Monday June 25th or Tuesday June 26th Breast Cancer Action is hosting the free webinar: Take Back Our Genes: Ending the Patent on Breast Cancer Genes.

Register for this webinar to learn about how one company’s control of the BRCA genes creates barriers to research and testing that could be endangering the health and the healthcare of hundreds of thousands of women.

In 2009 Breast Cancer Action signed on as a plaintiff in the patent lawsuit challenging Myriad Genetics. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation, challenges the validity of the patents that grant Myriad Genetics control over the BRCA1 and BRCA2 (the “breast cancer”) genes. Myriad’s monopoly prevents anyone else from so much as examining the genes, and creates barriers to scientific research and medical care relating to breast and ovarian cancer. It also limits women’s ability to get second opinions when they receive ambiguous test results, which happens disproportionately to women from ethnic minorities, including African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans.

To find out more and register for the webinar, visit Breast Cancer Action.

Breast Cancer Action: Send Campbell's a message today about toxic soup can linings

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The Breast Cancer Fund is asking supporters today (June 12) to join them on Facebook and Twitter to send Campbell Soup Company an urgent demand:

Campbell's, spell it out for us: what's in your can linings?

Here's what the Breast Cancer Fund is saying:

"Campbell's recently announced that it will stop using the toxic chemical BPA in the lining of its food cans (in fact, it's already using a replacement in some soups—we just don't know which ones), but the company hasn't been willing to tell the Breast Cancer Fund or the public what it's using instead.

"People all across the country will be posting this question on social media today to let Campbell's know that they want full disclosure about the chemicals in their food. Join them and help us move this industry leader!

"'BPA-free' isn't enough. Some of the alternatives, like PVC, may be equally troubling. Others, like BPS, just plain haven't been tested enough for us to know if they're safe or not.

Women Gathering Together III (Winnipeg)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 ~ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities – Room 202

SMD is across the street from the Health Sciences main entrance (Winnipeg)

Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba is hosting the third meeting of Women Gathering Together at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities. 

Women Gathering Together is continuing to build a network of Manitoba women from diverse organizations, families, committees, issues, ages, orientations, abilities, and communities – they hope you will join them in gathering together. 

They are organizing to respond to and influence realities that affect our collective health and wellbeing – including examining economic, social, and political structures. Manitoba women are known for being leaders in social action and change, and are reenergizing and reinvigorating and revolutionizing our communities to respond to our lived realities and nurture meaningful change!

See their poster for more information.

IGH Conference: Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research

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The Institute for Gender and Health conference registration is now live!

Montréal, Canada

October 29-31, 2012

Register online

The conference will explore advances in our understandings of how sex and gender influence the health of women, men, and people of diverse gender identities over the lifespan. It will showcase excellence across the full scope of health research, from cell to society, offering a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and exchange. The conference will feature dynamic presentations on new discoveries and innovative interventions, interactive poster sessions, lively discussions and valuable networking opportunities with leaders in the field. 

Details about the exciting line-up of keynote speakers, including world-renowned gender theorist Dr. Raewyn Connell, and the conference program are now available on the conference website.

Satellite Training Opportunity!

In conjunction with the conference IGH is holding a one-day Fall Institute for trainees. The Fall Institute will provide training and educational opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the field of gender, sex and health research. Application deadline is July 15, 2012. For more details, please visit this website.

MTL Radical Mental Health Collective meeting

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Invites you to its next meeting:
Thursday June 14th , 6pm@ DIRA (potluck style)
2035 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Métro St Laurent

Their invitation says :

“We want to create a safe, non-judgmental space to share experiences of madness to better understand ourselves and each other

We’re critical of the current mental health system and how psychiatric survivors are treated and labelled 

We value our experiences and need a safe space to discuss alternatives and ways forward... 

What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

For more information, visit their website.

Seeking subjects: Perimenopausal Hot Flush Study for Women (35-58 years)

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Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC Professor of Medicine and Scientific Director of Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) is conducting a study to test effectiveness of oral micronized progesterone for hot flushes and night sweats in perimenopause.

This is a 4-month study which involves keeping a daily record of hot flushes/night sweats, three visits to our offices at Vancouver General Hospital (Oak & 12th), health-related questionnaires and measurements of height, weight, waist circumference.  You will receive study medication or placebo for 3 months.  For more information, please contact:

(604) 875-5960      

Job opportunity: Research assistant in women’s cardiovascular heath (BC)

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The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health in collaboration with Women's Cardiovascular Health at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce the following opportunity.

They are looking for a qualified and capable part time research assistant to join their team. This position would be well suited to a university graduate with some experience in women's health and a strong background in qualitative research. The incumbent will be interacting with team members for requests for varied information, conducting sensitive qualitative interviews with study subjects, their care providers, hospital staff and managers, as well as working directly with the Project Coordinator to coordinate interview schedules.

The ideal candidate is a university graduate (Master's degree in Social Sciences, Women's Studies, Population & Public Health, or other relevant discipline) with a minimum of two years of related experience in a research environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. You will have effective oral and written communication skills, you must be skilled with qualitative data analysis and bibliographic management software (e.g. NVivo, Endnote) and demonstrate excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, with an ability to prioritize to meet deadlines.

Last call for CWHN’s FREE publications!

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This is the last call for the Canadian Women’s Health Network’s (CWHN) offer of FREE publications (including the mailing cost). We’re pleased to offer non-commercial women’s health information and resources that you can trust.

Here is the list of publications (more details below):

- Women and Wait Times (English and French)
- Maternity Matters (French)
- Evidence for Caution: What Women Need to Know About Statins (English and French)

Please send Magali Rootham an email (outreach AT including: how many copies of each publication you/your organization would like (10, 20, 50, 150 or more) and your address. Respond quickly, we’re running out!

You're also invited to come find us on Facebook ( ) and on Twitter (!/CdnWomensHealth ).

We’d also be happy to connect with you or your organization if you tell us how to find you.

Feel free to circulate this message widely to any people, groups or organizations that may be interested.

Thank you!

Detailed list of publications:

Women and Wait Times - Why are wait times women's issues, and what are the issue for women?
Women and Health Care Reform, 2008
Demonstrate a gender-based analysis of wait times with respect to hip and knee replacements. Recommends that this model be applied to research and policy in other clinical areas and to the examination of wait times in general.

Maternity Matters
Women and Health Care Reform, 2007
Explores concerns about the state of maternity care.

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