Calls for Submissions and Participation

CAAWS Funding for Sport for Girls/Young Women - Ontario

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Next deadline October 20, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity will provide mentoring and financial support to Ontario-based organizations interested in addressing the psycho-social factors that impact women and girls' participation in sport and physical activity through participation, leadership or capacity building projects.

Ten Targeted Initiatives will be awarded to Ontario-based organizations interested in addressing the psycho-social factors that impact women and girls’ participation in sport and physical activity through participation, leadership or capacity building projects.

The last of three intakes for these projects, funded by the Government of Ontario, will be October 20, 2014. Up to $1,000 per project is available.

For more information on this opportunity, go CAAWS website, scroll down to the "Targeted Initiatives" heading and download the application form.

Quiet Mind: Women's pursuit of mental health care in Canada

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Imagine that you are a woman with a history of complex trauma, like so many others. You find yourself sobbing and unable to function. You have panic attacks. You are hyper-vigilant and easily startled. You realize that you need help, although until now you have been resilient. You are a feminist and want to talk to someone who will show empathy and compassion and treat you with respect. You are searching for someone to talk to, who will listen. You don't want to be dismissed. You know what you don't want for your care. But what help is there?

What is the state-of-the art care for women with mental health issues? What is accessible to the average woman in Canada?

Women who work in the mental health field are invited to submit chapters for this collaborative book (narrative essays/prose; feminist critiques of psychiatry and medicine; social science, clinical psychology and medical research studies; literature reviews; etc).

What have we done in the past two decades to uniquely address women's mental health care issues? Do the issues or approaches in psychiatry and psychology/other allied health fields differ? What is our current approach to of psychopharmacology and how are women affected? How/where do we address complex trauma and sexual abuse in our health care system? Do changes in the DSM V bear any specific significance for women? Where in psychiatry or medical training do we offer an understanding of mental illness through a feminist lens? How does our public/private divide of mental health services affect the quality of care available to the average Canadian woman?  

Please send submissions and enquiries to 

Deadline for chapter submissions: July 1, 2014. 

Ottawa: Participants needed for an online survey about contraception

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Researchers at the University of Ottawa are conducting an online survey with recent immigrants in Ottawa. The purpose of the study is to understand better women’s knowledge of contraception and experiences with contraceptive services in Canada.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a woman between the ages of 18 and 45 (inclusive)
  • Arrived in Canada on/after January 1, 2008
  • Currently live in Greater Ottawa
  • Are sufficiently fluent in English or French to complete an online survey 

The survey will take about 30 minutes and is completely voluntary. Participants will have the chance to enter a draw to win a $25 gift card to

If you are interested in completing the survey or learning more about the study please click on the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Maria at or (613) 562‐5800 ext. 1798.

New Study Seeking Women who are Aging with HIV

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This study will explore various challenges faced by women aging with HIV.

Who is doing the study?

Fife House in collaboration with Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, LOFT Community Services, Two-Spirited People of the First Nations and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The primary objectives of this study are:

•             To identify the individual and structural barriers to social support and health care services that aging women living with HIV/AIDS experience

•             To understand the intersection of sexuality and socially constructed gender roles and responsibilities, decision making and issues of access to resources for aging women living with HIV/AIDS

•             To explore the issues of stigma as experienced by aging women living with HIV/AIDS.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate, you should meet the following criteria: Woman, Living with HIV and 50 years or older. 

Interview Details

Each participant will be asked to take part in a one-on-one interview of 60 to 90 minutes duration at a mutually convenient location. The interview will consist of questions related to barriers to services and resources, issues of discrimination, and roles and responsibilities for aging women living with HIV/AIDS. 


Survey of peri and postmenopausal women

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Peri and postmenopausal women 45+ are invited to participate in an online survey on menopausal symptom management, access to and satisfaction with resources/information, sexuality, and motivational styles. The survey is being conducted by Heather VanZuylen from the University of Ottawa's Human Sexuality Research Lab.

The survey is anonymous (no locations or IP addresses are recorded) and takes approximately 15-25 minutes to complete. The survey can be found at, with all the needed information contained on the first page including contact information for the researchers. 

There are no geographical limitations, so please feel free to distribute widely.

For more information, feel free to read the first page of the study or contact Heather VanZuylen at

Health Ambassadors wanted!

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Are you a woman from a faith/spiritual community who is passionate about active living?

Note: Women who are not part of a faith/spiritual community can also apply

Can you deliver 2 workshops about physical activity in your community before March 17th, 2014?

Can you attend a full day training on Saturday, Feb. 8 or Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in downtown Toronto? 

Food will be provided for training and ambassadors will receive financial compensation for their participation in the project!

If you would like to become a health ambassador, follow this link to apply:

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH CHC), a non-profit organization, is launching our Have Faith in Healthy Living Project to support healthy living for Black Women and Women of Colour, including LGBTQ-identified women, from Caribbean, African, Latin American and South Asian communities in the Greater Toronto Area. They are recruiting women from faith communities to become health ambassadors who will conduct workshops in their communities to raise awareness, share information and strategies that support healthy living. The first phase of this project focuses on physical activity and, with your participation, WHIWH expects to reach more than 2000 community members and motivate them to get more active and stay active!

For more information, contact Mercy Gichuki at or 416-263-4884. Flyer can be found at

Call for Proposals - Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution

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Deadline January 31, 2014

Conference: August 7-8,  2014 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

In recent years, there have been numerous attempts worldwide to limit women's access to safe abortion.  In 2012, an anti-abortion bill in the Canadian parliament that purportedly aimed to open a discussion on 'when life begins' was interpreted as an attack on abortion rights and was defeated by Members of Parliament in a vote of 203 to 91.  In Ireland that same year, Savita Halappanavar was denied an abortion, even though she was miscarrying the fetus. Her subsequent death sparked international outrage and renewed calls to relax abortion restrictions in that country.  In Texas in 2013, despite an inspiring eleven-hour filibuster by Senator Wendy
Davis, Democrats ultimately failed to block stringent new restrictions on abortion availability in that state.  Meanwhile, the Mexico City Policy continues to affect the abortion experiences of women throughout the world. Thus, in spite of the many gains that have been made in women's rights since the mid-twentieth century, reproductive autonomy continues to elude women in many countries around the world. Even in Canada, where there is no federal abortion law and abortion is regulated like any other medical procedure, there is tremendous disparity in access to abortion services across the country. For example, Prince Edward Island is touted by the Canadian anti-abortion movement as being a 'life sanctuary' since it eliminated access to safe surgical abortions in 1986,  a point that was a focus of that movement's national conference in 2013.  Attendees are invited to PEI to reflect on the status of abortion internationally.

Intimate Partner Violence Against Women with Serious Mental Health Concerns – The Justice System Response

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This is an invitation to victim service workers (both community-based and police-based) and justice system representatives (e.g., police officers, Crown counsel, judges, probation officers) in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto who are interested in participating in an interview for a study on the justice system's response to intimate partner violence against women with serious mental health concerns.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Katherine Rossiter, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence, and Associate Director of the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University ( Please contact Katherine Rossiter by phone (778-782-5248) or email ( for more information about the study and how you can participate.

Women with lived experiences are also being invited to participate in the study. Please contact me directly for further information, or if you would be willing to post a recruitment notice (flyer) in a location where women with intersecting experiences of domestic violence and mental health concerns access services in Greater Vancouver or Greater Toronto.


Young women: Please complete our survey on women and drinking!

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As a young woman between ages 18 and 24, you could win a $50 coffee card by taking this 5-minute survey on drinking from the Canadian Women's Health Network.

CWHN has been working closely with Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol", on the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol.

Your responses will help us create smart, informed education and social media campaigns for young women like you. This survey takes about 5 - 10 minutes to fill out. At the end you’ll be directed to a separate page where you can enter a draw for $100 in gifts, and let us know if you would like to take part in further research. Your answers to this survey are confidential and anonymous - no identifying information will be collected through the survey itself. 

To find out what you and other young women are thinking about this issue, we ask you to complete our survey at

The Nelly Auersperg Award in Women’s Health Research (BC)

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Calls for applicants

This award supports pilot studies in women’s health which aim to generate preliminary data, test new approaches, methodologies or tools. The funding supports activities that will enable the pursuit of more ambitious studies and foster further funding applications. This award is granted to a promising researcher in an area of women’s health to conduct an innovative research project (be it basic or applied science, using quantitative or qualitative methods on a topic related to women’s physical or mental health). 

The amount awarded for this one-year grant is $10,000-$15,000.

Applicant Eligibility

At the time of application:

- Principal Applicants must be residents of BC

- Principal Applicant(s) must be an independent researcher/ clinician (includes midwives, nurses, social workers and physicians) and must have completed a post-graduate degree (Masters, PhD, or MD)

- Principal Applicants cannot be enrolled as students in a degree or diploma program and cannot hold positions as post-doctoral fellows, residents, or clinical fellows.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:00PM

Click here for application details

For questions about this award, please contact Kathryn Dewar by phone (604-875-2424 ext. 4956) or email (

Women’s Health Research Institute                                               

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