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Correcting gender inequities in prison health

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Prison policies often overlook the special needs of women and their health. Frequently, women in prison suffer high levels of mental illness and drug or alcohol dependency, as well as sexual and physical abuse and violence. Issues arising from gender-specific health care needs and family responsibilities are also frequently neglected. Although women represent a small percentage of the total prison population their numbers are increasing, and the rate of increase is much greater than that of men.

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First Steps to Equity. Ideas and Strategies for Health Equity in Ontario 2008-2010

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This report was prepared to coincide with the launch of the new Ontario Public Health Standards (Nov 12-14) to demonstrate how we can move further forward in population and public health using the equity foundations in the new standards.

This report is available on the Health Nexus website.

Awareness Campaign Geared Towards Women, Mood Disorders

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Women have new resources to help them understand anxiety and mood disorders. Those who think they may have symptoms are encouraged to seek help. Fact sheets, calendars and posters were launched on October 6 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The calendar showcases artwork of women affected by mental health and includes facts and tips about mood disorders and how to improve and maintain mental health. The materials are available online.

Women's Economic Equality Campaign

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Even though women are more educated than men and more than ever are working full-time, the pay gap between university-educated young women and men persists. In fact, working full-time and full-year, a university-educated woman will only make 68% of the wages of a university-educated man.

The Canadian Labour Congress is launching a year long campaign to raise awareness of the ongoing economic inequality women in Canada face.  We want to dispel the myth that women have made it.   We want to talk about the wage gap, pay equity, minimum wages, Employment Insurance, pensions, child care, violence against women - all important struggles to eliminate economic inequality. We want to focus on young women, women in unions, pensioners, and women from equality seeking groups.

All the teach-in material, fact sheets and additional information can be found on the website.

Measuring the Impact of Research: What do we know? (Part I )

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Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Insight–Action Issue 46 (October 16, 2008)

Organizations that fund research are under intense pressure to show that the research they support brings value to their communities. In fact, in Canada, demonstrating the impact of research is a requirement of the federal government’s science and technology strategy. Due mainly to the applied nature of their research, health services and policy researchers in particular face high expectations to describe the benefits of their work.  Read more.

Manifesto of the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering

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The Manifesto of the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering can now be viewed on line.  Without question, this manifesto is one of the major feminist political outcomes of the Waves of Resistance event. We invite you to use it in your local communities, provinces, etc. as it is meant to fuel the actions of young feminists across Canada, and to provide them with increased visibility! It is a call to action!

New Publication on Custody and Access from YWCA Vancouver

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The YWCA web page Information for Women Leaving Abuse links to the new publication "Leaving an Abusive Relationship: Information on Custody and Access for Women with Children”. The guide will soon be available in seven languages: Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish and Farsi. Written in plain language, the guide offers information on legal processes and terminology, and gives women the tools to make the best possible choices for themselves and their children.

Family violence: Spousal violence in Canada

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This report provides estimates on the nature and extent of family violence and trends over time. It also provides the most recent police-reported data on family violence against children and youth, against older adults, and family-related homicides.  Read the report.

Where are the women?”

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This report argues that contemporary social policy reforms, while often attributed to the ongoing pressures of economic globalization, the ascendance of neo-liberal thinking in political and policy circles, and broader shifts in the economy, labour markets and social structures, also have been accompanied by the progressive disappearance of the gendered subject, both in discourse and practice.  Read more.

Helping an Abused Woman: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do

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This resource, the first "Helping Hands" Guide on Skill Building and Tools for Helpers and Healers, can be used by anyone who supports women. Topics addressed give the reader insight into how abuse affects women and gives them concrete ideas to apply in their work. 

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