Brigit’s Notes, February 2014, Letter from the Executive Director

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Dear friends of the CWHN,

We are grateful to all of you who thought about us when making your end-of-year donations. You’re helping to keep the Canadian Women’s Health Network alive, and we are so grateful for this. If you made a donation by December 31st, 2013 income tax receipts are going in the mail this week. If you didn’t and would like to help us out, please do, and you’ll receive an income tax receipt for 2014. 

Our work continues on a number of fronts. Our survey on Girls, Women and Alcohol is still up and we’d love it if you could help to circulate it. It is intended for young women aged 18 to 24, anywhere in Canada, and it is anonymous. If you are a woman in this age group, we hope you will fill it out, or if you know women in this age group or agencies who work with them, please forward to them.

When Kelly Holloway of Nova Scotia read yet another piece about how women have only themselves to blame for sexual assault (the way they dress, drinking to excess, etc.) she got piping mad! She put her thoughts down in our latest guest column:  “Journalists: Stop Blaming Women.”

This past fall, we followed with great interest the release of Holly Grigg-Spall’s book, “Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control” which takes a hard look at the down side of hormonal contraception. The book has received a lot of attention and not all of it positive. We applaud Holly on taking a chance in writing this book. Our Network editor and keen observer of pharmaceutical issues, Ellen Reynolds, reviewed the book for the CWHN. 

Lyba Spring weighs in on the issue of hormonal contraception in her monthly Spring Talks Sex blog, “The Case Against Hormonal Contraception”. Check out the perspective of someone who spent more than two decades counselling girls and women on the issue and is a passionate advocate for fully informed consent.

Finally, our statistics show that the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of our website is one of our most popular. We decided to beef it up - fill in some of the gaps that have long been there and update some of the outdated ones. We now have more than 60 well-researched and easy-to-read FAQs on a broad range of women’s health topics on our site. It is a work in progress, so please be patient if you find out-dated information in some of them (let us know!) – we are working on it. Recent additions include FAQs on abortion, urinary tract infections, sexual abuse and sexual assault and a range of issues particular to older women. Check out our FAQ page and see what we’re covering.

- Anne Rochon Ford