30th Anniversary for Birth Control Handbook

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First published in 1968 at a time when it was still illegal to give out information about contraception in Canada, the Montreal Health Press's guide to the successful use of birth control methods has influenced and helped generations of women and men for 30 years.

Full of information about anatomy, sexuality and reproduction, plus up-to-date information on all existing methods of contraception, Birth Control Handbook is probably the most comprehensive and popular publication that deals with both the technical and social aspects of contraceptive decision-making.

New features in the new 30th Anniversary Edition include:

  • The most up-to-date information on all birth control methods, with more information on
    the female condom, Depo Provera and new brands of pills
  • New photos and user-friendly design
  • Web references

The handbooks are $5 each (and you get 10% off if you tell them you read about it here). They also have discounts on bulk orders.

To order, or for more information, contact:

Montreal Health Press
PO Box 1000, Station Place du Parc
Montreal QC H2W 2N1 Canada
Tel: (514) 282-1171
Fax: (514) 282-0262

Dhaka Women's Meeting Calls for War on Sex Crime

Women's rights activists from around the world called for governments to root out the economic, religious and cultural factors that lead to the sexual abuse of women and children.

Participants in a three-day international conference, held January in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, said prostitution and other sex-related criminal activity should be the first targets in an intensified battle to shield women and children from rampant degradation.

"Prostitution and sex trafficking are not universal and inevitable aspects of the human condition. They are violations of a woman's human rights and forms of violence against women," said Aurara Javete de Dios, president of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), representing 50 women's organizations in the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas.

A conference declaration urged governments to protect women's rights and eliminate the causes of prostitution. "Governments should also come forward to monitor and prevent the growing trafficking in children for adoption, slave-like use, and organ extraction"

Source: Women's Health Weekly

On the EDGE

EDGE (Educators for Gender Equity), an Ontario-based group of teachers, academics and parents, is interested is developing a dialogue with individuals or groups involved in women's health care and wellness issues.

The group is particularly interested in connections between the public education system and the delivery of education to women and women's health care education.

Questions they have include: What should be the role of public education in delivering health-related education? How do health care professionals view the changes to Ontario's Health Curriculum? How have cuts to and restructuring of both health care and education affected the delivery of health education programs?

They are also interested in issues surrounding women's access to public education. Are teen mothers returning to school more or less than in recent past? Are young women empowered to pursue all avenues of education? How do poverty, abuse and housing issues impact on education? Has this changed with changes in government policy?

They have not yet determined what form of communication will best serve this discussion but may consider an Internet list-serv.

If you are interested in this discussion, please contact:

Michele Girash Bevan
Tel: (519) 659-3115
E-mail: murrgira@enoreo.on.ca

Exposed to Exposure

When people first see the film, "Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer" (reviewed in our Spring 1998 issue), they often want to know what they can do.

To answer this demand, WNH&E has set up "training trainers" workshops that use the film and the resource guide Taking Action for a Healthy Future. The project reaches out to all women, with an emphasis on those in visible minorities and immigrant women's communities and rural communities who don't have easy access to these resources and programs.

The workshops are designed with each particular organization or community to meet their specific needs, using popular and adult educational processes.

The workshops are important especially for people who are unfamiliar with the issues or are inexperienced in group leadership. Participants view the film, learn to feel comfortable with the issues, work in groups (role playing) such as the ones they'll be leading, and develop their skills and confidence.

For further information or to order copies of Exposure, please contact:

Fredrica Mintz
736 Bathurst Street
Toronto ON M5S 2R4 Canada
Tel: (416) 516 2600
Fax: (416) 531 6214
E-mail: weed@web.net

The French version of Exposure will soon be available

by Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg

Who Will Be Responsible for Providing Care? The Impact of the Shift to Ambulatory Care and of Social Economy Policies on Quebec Women

Over the last few years, Canada's health and social services system has undergone profound change. Hospital stays have been shortened while home-based care and services have grown.

Since 1996, Quebec's stated objective has been to introduce a new approach to delivering medical care while reducing hospital waiting lists and responding to new needs. However, it has also been to introduce a new series of budget cuts made necessary, in part, by the reduction in transfer payments from the federal government.

A study on research conducted from November 1996 to June 1997 by the Association féminine d'éducation et d'action sociales (AFEAS), under the direction of Denyse Côté, was recently published by Status of Women Canada. It examines the impact of changes to health and social services on women, and the measures taken by the provincial government to support the social economy sector in this area.

You can obtain a free copy of this study by writing to:

Status of Women Canada
360 Albert St., Suite 700
Ottawa ON K1A 1C3 Canada
Tel.: (613) 995-7835
Fax: (613) 957-3359

A complete version is also available on their Website at: www.swc-cfc.gc.ca

By Denyse Côté