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New book! Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies

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Author Miram Zoll tells her own story of infertility and IVF treatments, and shares what she learned along the way about assisted reproductive technologies.

Read more about it on Our Bodies, Our Blog

Find out more on the author’s website.

Join an online discussion with the author on May 21, hosted by The Center for Genetics and Society.

 

New! Girls & healthy living resources

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Researchers at the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH) in collaboration with the Girls Action Foundation have launched a new series of information sheets to support the work of facilitators of girls' empowerment groups.

These resources are:

- Girls, Smoking and Stress

- Girls, Alcohol and Depression

- Girls, Physical Activity & Culture (in collaboration with the Canadian Advancement for Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

- An infographic on Girls & Healthy Living. 

For details on this project and to see the resources, please visit Girls Action Foundation.

New! Girls, Women and Alcohol: Making Informed Choices

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This new guide from Manitoba was written by women for women to give you useful information about alcohol and help you make healthy and well-informed choices about your alcohol use. It is not designed to make women stop drinking alcohol.

Drinking alcohol is a common social activity for many women. A 2010 Health Canada survey shows 74 per cent of women reported drinking alcohol in the past year. However, sometimes women don’t think about the possible risks associated with alcohol. Many women don’t know that alcohol affects women differently than men.

This guide looks at how alcohol affects women and the risks associated with drinking. All information is based on research to help women make informed choices about alcohol use. Research sources are listed under References at the back of this guide.

See Girls, Women and Alcohol: Making Informed Choices.

Note: This guide was adapted with permission from The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health: Women and Alcohol: A Women’s Health Resource.

Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women's Substance Use Services

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These new guidelines are available to support organizations that provide substance use treatment services for women. Trauma Matters: Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women's Substance Use Services, will help you understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use, and provide better care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma. The guidelines were developed by the Jean Tweed Centre, in consultation with service providers, experts, and women with lived experience from across Ontario.To read the guidelines, click here.

 

Read the latest FemNorthNet newsletter!

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This newsletter introduces readers to the important work and unique issues facing women and their families in Northern communities, from the Canadian Research Institute for the the Advacnement of Women (CRIAW).  

To access the newsletter please click here.

There are versions in French and English and various accessibility options.

New! Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada

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Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Barbara Clow, Harpa Isfeld, Anna Liwander (editors)

The BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence have released a new women's health resource entitled Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada. The report, funded by Health Canada, is intended to generate an understanding of women and healthy living and to contribute to the development of evidence-informed responses to addressing challenges related to healthy living for women in Canada. In the report, the three Centres argue that healthy living needs to be reframed and embrace a broader concept of health and health issues in order to improve women's healthy living.

Free NFB films about women showing all week

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In celebration of International Women's Day, the National Film Board (NFB) is offering free screenings of Karen Cho's award-winning NFB feature documentary "STATUS QUO? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada" across Canada, all this week.

Also, starting Monday March 4th you'll also be able to stream many different films about women off of NFB’s website for free, for the whole week.

For the list of free STATUS Quo screenings in communities across the country, click here.

For the list of films you can stream off their website all week, click here.

Finally, don't miss the chance to stream "STATUS QUO? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada" for free between March 8th and 10th. Find it here: www.nfb.ca/iwd

Women in health leadership – see the video!

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Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, and the Ontario Women's Health Network have produced a video highlighting the voices of women who participated in their Women's Health Leadership Program over the past two years. 

From 2010 to 2012, the Women's Health Leadership Program brought women together from across Ontario through training retreats to help build a greater understanding of the ways sex and gender affect health and health care, offer women the leadership tools and skills to work towards improving the quality of women's health and health care in their communities and provide opportunities to network with women who are active in women's health.

For more information contact the OWHN at owhn@owhn.on.ca

See the video on YouTube.

Echo: Sharing the Legacy

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Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, has released its final newsletter: Sharing the Legacy ~ Supporting Future Action.

This document presents ECHO’s work and the knowledge translation initiatives undertaken between 2009 and 2012. 

This legacy document summarizes Echo's history and 30 initiatives in one-page descriptions presented in distinct sections that correspond to Echo's four priority areas: equity, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and addictions, and chronic disease.

For links to the full document as well as the executive summary, please visit their website.

New! What you can do to keep your breasts healthy

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In her new column "Being proactive about your breast health", Dr. Verna Hunt talks about how the environment - including what we eat and how we live - plays a strong role in breast health, and what we can do to help keep our breasts healthy.

Check out Dr. Hunt’s “To the Point” guest column on our website now: Being Proactive about your breast health.

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