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2010 Quick Reference Guide to Family Planning Research

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The Research Utilization team at FHI announces the completion of the 2010 Quick Reference Guide (QRG) to Family Planning Research. The QRG, a snapshot of the most-up-to-date findings on a range of family planning topics, is part of FHI's efforts to incorporate research and programmatic findings more widely into policies and programs in order to improve family planning and reproductive health services.

You can download the document here.

Please write to quickreferenceguide@fhi.org with any questions.

Sisters in Spirit Research Findings

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The Native Women's Association of Canada's have just released their most recent 2010 Sisters in Spirit research findings. The report is entitled "What Their Stories Tell Us: Research findings from the Sisters In Spirit Initiative" and can be found here.

Not So Sexy: Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne

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Fragrances are designed to make you smell good, but is that all they are doing? In a recently released study of 17 name-brand fragrances co-authored by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, it was found that they contain secret ingredients, chemicals not listed on the label, with troubling hazardous properties.

EWG found 38 unlisted chemicals in their testing. The average fragrance tested contained 14 secret chemicals. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the industry's own safety panel.

Click here to see how many secret chemicals popular fragrances like Chanel Coco and Old Spice contain.

Estrogen-Lowering Drugs Minimize Surgery in Breast Cancer Patients

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ScienceDaily (May 21, 2010) — A nationwide study has confirmed the benefit of giving estrogen-lowering drugs before surgery to breast cancer patients. The treatment increased the likelihood that women could undergo breast-conservation surgery, also called lumpectomy, instead of mastectomy.

Read the story here.

Report: Reducing Maternal Mortality: The contribution of the right to the highest attainable standard of health

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Author: Hunt Paul and Bueno de Mezquita Judith, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

From the introduction:

“Over half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and birth. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, States resolved to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by the year 2015. This commitment is encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals, which derive from the Millennium Summit commitments, and which have come to play a defining role in international development efforts. Goal 5 is a commitment to improve maternal health: the reduction of maternal mortality is an outcome chosen to assess progress in this regard. This resolve by States to reduce maternal mortality is not new. However, never before has the issue been given such prominence on the international development agenda.”

Download the whole report here. (PDF)

 

 

NWAC Sisters in Spirit Research Findings

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The Native Women's Association of Canada's have just released their most recent 2010 Sisters in Spirit research findings. The report is entitled "What Their Stories Tell Us: Research findings from the Sisters In Spirit Initiative" and can be found here.


Women, Poverty and Social Policy Regimes : A Cross-National Analysis

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By J. C. Gornick and M. Jäntti
Luxembourg Income Study

Luxembourg
Geographical area : International

Summary:
This paper assesses women’s poverty in 26 diverse LIS countries – five Anglophone countries (INCLUDING CANADA), six Continental European
countries, four Nordic countries, two Eastern European countries, three Southern European countries, and six Latin American countries.

Our analyses are organized around four questions:
(1) What is the probability that prime-age women, compared to their male counterparts, live in poor households?
(2) How does the overall pattern differ when we consider pre-transfer as well as post-transfer income, and when we consider absolute as well as
relative poverty?
(3) How do women’s poverty rates, compared to men’s, vary by family type, by educational attainment, and by labour market status?
(4) How does our cross-national portrait of gender and poverty shift when we consider person-level income as well as household-level income?

 (PDF - 342K, 40 pages)

Gender Differences in Police-reported Violent Crime in Canada, 2008

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By Roxan Vaillancourt
PDF version (293K, 26 pages)

Highlights

1. In 2008, overall rates of police-reported violent victimization were comparable between men and women, but the nature of their victimization differed.
2. Females were more likely to be victims of a common assault, the form associated with the least serious physical injury than males, while males were more likely than their female counterparts to be victims of the most serious forms of physical assault (levels 2 and 3) and have a weapon used against them.
3. Female victims of police-reported physical assaults were more often victimized by someone with whom they had a current or former intimate relationship; whereas male victims were most often physically assaulted by a stranger or by someone else outside of the family.
4. Females were over 10 times more likely than males to be victims of a police-reported sexual assault.
5. Males were more likely than females to be a homicide victim, accounting for 74% of victims of homicide during a 5-year period between the years 2004 to 2008.
6. More than one-third of male victims of homicide were killed with a firearm, compared to 20% of female homicide victims.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series

Regulating Sex in Canada

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Regulatingsex.com provides information on a research project exploring the regulation of the escort agencies, strip clubs and body rub parlours through Criminal Code and municipal by-law in thirteen municipalities across Canada.

The cities the project will focus on are: Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Ottawa, St. Johns and Victoria. The research is being undertaken by Dr. Mary Whowell from the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Click the "Site Menu" links on the right side of this page for more information.

The Healing Journey: Winding Down in Prince Albert

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It’s been more than 4 years and 275 interviews since the first wave of participants in the Healing Journey project were recruited in Prince Albert, but with the last three interviews currently being scheduled, the project is now in the final stages of data collection.  The Healing Journey: A Longitudinal Study of Women Who Have Been Abused by Intimate Partners is the first study of its kind in Canada, examining the experience of intimate partner violence and the consequences it has on the lives of women in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta over a four year period. 

Read the complete article here.


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