Brigit's Notes, September 2011

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In this issue:

  1. Webinar - CWHN and NEDIC present: Eating disorders, race and gender
  2. See the latest issue of Network online!
  3. PhotoVoice manual now available from PWHCE
  4. New opportunities for trainees from IGH
  5. Get serious about older women's health!
  6. Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health "Claiming Our Moral Agency"
  7. Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls
  8. Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder It's a Matter of Justice!
  9. The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives
  10. Read about Women's Worlds 2011

1. CWHN and NEDIC present: Eating disorders, race and gender - Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pacific)

Jill Andrew addresses the growing skin bleaching trend as it relates to women's sense of their bodies. How does the practice complicate traditional assumptions about body image and eating problems? Using anti-racism and class analysis, she speculates on why the public health issue (as she calls it) of skin bleaching hasn't received the attention it deserves. Jill discusses the terms body 'image' and eating 'disorders' and explains why they are problematic, particularly when trying to learn from women of colour and other marginalized women about experiences with their bodies. Please click here to register.

2. See the latest issue of Network online!

Learn how motivational interviewing is used to treat eating disorders, hear from a health activist who is working to bring maternity care back into her Nunavut community, read a moving tribute to S. Joyce Attis, known to many as the voice for breast implant victims, and more in Spring/Summer 2011, Volume 13, Number 2.

3. PhotoVoice manual now available from PWHCE

Would you like to foster discussion of your community's issues? Are you looking for a way to make a difference in women's poverty, food security and health? Could you energize your own community-based research by applying the popular PhotoVoice message? Find out how.

4. New opportunities for trainees from IGH

The Institute of Gender and Health has launched several new funding opportunities to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in gender, sex and health research. These opportunities will support trainee conference travel, knowledge translation, new skill acquisition, and will recognize excellence in gender, sex and health research... Read more.

5. Get serious about older women's health!

While we live in a youth-obsessed culture, the average age of the population is rising in Canada, as it is in most countries of the world. Because of this trend, it is critical for us to understand the health of older people and how the health concerns of older women and men differ. See our new primer, Aging, Women and Health.

6. Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health "Claiming Our Moral Agency"

From maternal-fetal medicine to genetics to abortion care, ethical dilemmas are an inherent part of reproductive health care. This conference will explore how practitioners enact moral agency in areas of moral uncertainty or when ethical values conflict. Monday, September 19, 2011 in Vancouver. Read more.

7. Our Bodies, Our Future: Advancing Health and Human Rights for Women and Girls

It began with a small group of women and one stapled book in Boston in 1971. Since then, Our Bodies, Ourselves has inspired women's health and human rights movements in 25 countries. Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Boston University. Read more.

8. Fifth National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder It's a Matter of Justice!

This conference will provide a forum to share research, experience and practice to discuss how to effectively sustain and enhance the lives of adolescents and adults with FASD, their families, service providers, and communities. April 18 - 21, 2012, Vancouver. Deadline for abstracts: September 14, 2011. Read more.

9. The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives

This new report from the United Nations Population Fund confirms the critical role midwives play in improving maternal and newborn health and survival, and it stresses the need to train and deploy more midwives in all parts of a country - especially remote and rural areas. Read more.

10. Read about Women's Worlds 2011

It was an intense five days at the Women's Worlds 2011 Conference with over 1600 delegates participating. To see some of the reports about what happened at this major international event in Ottawa, read more.

Stay informed about women’s health throughout the month. See all of CWHN’s What’s Hot listings on women`s health, updated weekly. And join us on FACEBOOK!

About Brigit's Notes

Brigit's Notes e-bulletin is published monthly by the Canadian Women's Health Network as a free service to individuals and organizations interested in women's health.

Who is Brigit?

Prepared by:
Alex Merrill
Canadian Women's Health Network