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NEW! CRIAW FACT SHEET: Violence Against Women in Canada

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Despite decades of research, education, lobbying and activism, violence against women and girls continues to be widely tolerated in Canada.  In recent years, Canada has seen dramatic cuts in funding to organizations that support victims of violence or who advocate for better policies and protections on their behalf.  We have seen little commitment or effort by governments to eradicate violence against women.

As part of the ongoing struggle to end violence against women, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women is announcing the launch of its latest publication – a comprehensive, accessible, free fact sheet on violence against women in Canada. The fact sheet is a compilation of the most recent research and statistics on women’s experience of violence, the forms it takes and the varied impact on women.  

Both the long and short versions are attached. The Fact Sheet is also available on their website: www.criaw-icref.ca.

Please feel free to distribute in your networks.

Shedding light on medical research studies

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Health News Review recently reviewed Basics for Evaluating Medical Research Studies: A Simplified Approach by Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart, MD.

This new book - of only 112 pages - may help lay readers of medical research studies understand what we are reading. It may also help us cast a more critical eye on media reports about medical studies. It deals with topics such as bias in medical studies, and understanding medical risk. It also attempts to explain insider medical jargon such as "intention to treat analysis" and "number-needed-to-treat".

Read the review here.  

New! Rights of the Child posters with an Aboriginal focus

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Healthy Aboriginal Network has created a new series of 42 brilliantly illustrated posters. Each of these posters portrays an article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with an Aboriginal youth focus. 

Preview these posters and find out more about how to order them on Healthy Aboriginal Network's website.

Find out about other resources that Healthy Aboriginal Network has produced here.

 

Breast cancer and clear science – new website

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Breast Cancer Fund has launched an exciting new website that presents the science about breast cancer in clear, accessible language. They’ve also integrated practical tips on how to reduce your risk, and offer many ways to take action to prevent breast cancer.

Find out more and visit the site at: www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/

New! Growing Up in a New Land - A Guide for Newcomer Parents

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The Best Start Resource Centre has published this new booklet for parents of children 0-6. It contains information on:

  • Supports for parents
  • Parenting in Canada
  • Helping your child learn
  • Helping your child talk
  • Keeping your child healthy and safe
  • Taking care of yourself as parents
  • Additional services for newcomers

The booklet is available for download in PDF format and paper copies can be ordered for $1.25 each. Bulk discounts are available. Find out more on their website

The literacy level of this booklet has been assessed with Flesh-Kincaid at a reading level of about 6. This resource is available in English and French.

They note that it would be ideal if this resource was available in additional languages but their current funding does not allow for that. If your organization is interested in providing translation/adaptation in another language, please contact l.choquette@healthnexus.ca.

Lesbians. The Challenge of Invisibility.

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Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF) recently published this brochure, inspired by the research report Pour le dire… Rendre les services sociaux et les services de santé accessibles aux lesbiennes (RQASF, 2003) and the leaflet Réalités et vécus des lesbiennes au Québec (RQASF, 2004).

Download the brochure from RQASF.

How violence against women affects our health: New WHO report

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A new report from The World Health Organization (WHO) details the health effects of widespread violence against women.

New: Global and regional estimates of violence against women presents the first global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence).

It shows, for the first time, global and regional estimates of the prevalence of these two forms of violence, using data from around the world. Previous reporting on violence against women has not differentiated between partner- and nonpartner violence.

The report details the effects of partner and non-partner sexual violence on several aspects of women’s health. It shows that women who have experienced intimate partner violence have higher rates of depression, HIV, injury and death, and are more likely to have low birth weight babies, than those who haven’t. Though research on the health effects of non-partner sexual violence is more limited, the evidence clearly shows that sexual violence has both long- and short-term debilitating effects on women’s mental health and well-being.

Find the report and related materials on the WHO website.

See WHO's inforgraphic Violence against women: The health sector responds

Read their press release: Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly

Ending Silence: Child Sexual Abuse in Plain Sight

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The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society has launched a new book called Ending Silence: Child Sexual Abuse in Plain Sight

With this book they hope to educate society on the prevalence of child sexual abuse as well as to help women who have suffered abuse by showing that there is a way out of darkness. 

Money raised from the sale of the book will go to programs offered by the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society.

Find out more about this new book at www.endingsilence.ca

Where do YOU draw the line?

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Sexual violence is a lot more than rape. Everything from sexist jokes to stalking, harassment and assault contributes to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence.

Sexual violence is present in every city and community and impacts the lives of our friends, family members and colleagues. Sexual violence can and must be eradicated.

To end sexual violence, we must not simply react to it but prevent it.

With this in mind, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) have produced a dynamic sexual violence prevention campaign. In developing the campaign, they consulted extensively with service providers, grassroots organizations, advocates and survivors.

The result? Draw-The-Line.ca

‘Draw The Line’ is an interactive campaign that aims to engage us in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.

Visit Draw-the-Line.ca.

New! Maternal and Infant Health on Canadian Best Practices Portal

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The Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Portal (the Portal) increases access to information to support planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs. A key feature of the Portal is the Best Practices section.

A new section of the Portal is dedicated to maternal and infant health, featuring interventions which aim to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum women and their babies.

Visit Maternal and Infant Health

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