Calls for Submissions and Participation

Seeking nominations for International Day of the Girl (Manitoba)

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The deadline for nominations is approaching quickly, August 15, 2012.  

Manitoba Status of Women is holding a special event, hosted by the Minister of Family Services and Labour, to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. 

They are seeking nominations for girls ages 12 to 17 from across the province to participate at this event that will be held at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Interested young girls may even wish to nominate themselves. 

For details regarding the event, please see the attached Fact Sheet and Nomination Forms.  They encourage you to distribute this information widely in your community, and hope that girls from your area will be interested in being nominated for and/or applying for this great opportunity.

Visit their website for more information:  
Manitoba Status of Women
Manitoba Family Services and Labour
409 – 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3C 0P8
Phone: 204-945-6281
Toll Free: 1-800-263-0234

This information is also available in other formats upon request.  


Call for papers: Reproductive health history in Canada

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Article submissions due November 1, 2012
Decision letters on refereed articles March/April 2013
Revised articles due September 2013
Publication 2014 (second issue)

Guest editors of this special issue of Canadian Bulletin of Medical History are Shannon Stettner and Tracy Penny Light. Women’s bodies have always been sites of struggle – over meanings and for control.  The most polarizing conflicts involve women’s reproductive health and autonomy.  Women’s bodies are a terrain contested by and between the medical establishment, the state, churches, the media, and activists. Battles over meanings and rights also pit men against women and women against one another.  Further complicating these conflicts are issues of race, class, gender, and heteronormativity. Article submissions should seek to illuminate these struggles for meaning and control in innovative ways. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: abortion, contraception, pregnancy, sterilization, in/fertility, treatments and technologies, surrogacy, adoption, gynaecological health, menopause, sexuality, breastfeeding, reproductive health activism. Scholars are invited to submit articles by November 1, 2012. Articles should not exceed 9,000 words (including endnotes).

Further submissions guidelines can be found on their website.

For more information or to submit a paper, please contact Shannon Stettner at

Call for papers: Women's health & urban life

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Papers are invited for Women's Health & Urban Life.  Manuscripts may address the full range of health topics as they pertain to women’s and girl children's health in the developed as well as the developing parts of the world. Particularly welcome are papers that address the structural and social determinants of health for women. Also welcome are manuscripts that address issues relating to public education, health care programs and services that address (or fail to address) the specific needs of diverse groups of women living and working in urban or urbanizing areas. 

To submit a manuscript, please send an e-copy followed by a single hard-copy of your manuscript to one of the editors. For more information, you may also contact the editors at the following addresses: 

Dr. Aysan Sev'er
Editor, Women's Health & Urban Life
Department of Social Sciences
University of Toronto at Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, ON. Canada M1C 1A4

Dr. Toba Bryant
Co-Editor, Women's Health & Urban Life
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe St. North, Rm. 2043
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

Papers should not exceed 25 pages including all references, tables and footnotes. All submissions will be peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers.

For more information, please visit the website.

Call for papers - Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler

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Abstracts due August 31, 2012

Acceptances sent out by September 30, 2012

Articles due January 1, 2013

Workshop spring 2013

Revised papers due August 1, 2013

An edited collection by Tracy Penny Light and Shannon Stettner Although more than two decades have passed since Canada’s abortion law was struck down by the Supreme Court, abortion remains a controversial issue.  Twenty years ago Janine Brodie, Shelley A. M. Gavigan, and Jane Jenson’s seminal book, The Politics of Abortion (1992), provided an incisive look at the history of abortion politics in Canada.  Our edited collection, Canadian Abortion Politics: Twenty-Five Years After Morgentaler, picks up the analysis of abortion history and politics in Canada where The Politics of Abortion left off, examining abortion from new perspectives and analytical frames, incorporating political and medical developments that affect abortion in Canada as well reinterpretations of historical events.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: Shifting (historical/political) meanings of abortion, The place of women in abortion politics/history, Historical constructions of the fetus, “Pro-choice” and “pro-life” activism, The role of the state in abortion politics, The role of the medical profession in abortion politics, The influence of medical advancements on abortion politics/history, Abortion and sexuality, Canada in an international perspective (comparative pieces). Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to Tracy Penny Light at


Depression treatment study seeking participants (Ontario)

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The Pathways Study is a community-based research project led by researchers at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Rainbow Health Ontario, University of Toronto, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, and York University. They’re trying to understand women and/or trans people’s experiences with depression as well as their use of mental health services.
They are recruiting 900 participants of all sexual orientations, abilities and ethno-racial backgrounds to share their experiences by filling out a confidential and anonymous online survey that takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete. About 40 of the 900 online participants will also be asked to do a one hour semi-structured interview with a member of the Pathways Research Team to discuss their experiences.

Right now, they particularly need to hear from LGBQ women and/or trans people who identify as people of colour and/or are experiencing poverty, in order to understand how multiple stressors associated with race, class, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity can affect peoples’ experiences with mental health services. You will be compensated for your participation with a $10 President’s Choice gift certificate, or a donation to charity.
A primary goal of this project is to find out what happens when people seek help or treatment for their emotional or mental health. Their goal is to help make changes to mental health services.
To participate, go to the Pathways Study website

Institute of Gender and Health offers training

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The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is offering an exciting learning opportunity for trainees (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) interested in how gender and sex influence health. On October 28th, 2012, IGH will host a Fall Institute in conjunction with its international conference, Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research. The Fall Institute will provide training and educational opportunities for trainees in the field of gender, sex and health research. The deadline to apply is July 13, 2012. Spaces are limited; for more details, including application guidelines, please visit the workshop website.

Fall Institute participants will receive free registration to the conference Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research being held in Montreal, Canada on October 29-31, 2012. The conference will explore advances in our understandings of how sex and gender influence the health of women, men, and people of diverse gender identities over the lifespan. For more information about the conference, including the program and registration, please visit the conference website.

AOM seeking Policy Analyst, Aboriginal Midwifery

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The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) is seeking a Policy Analyst, Aboriginal Midwifery during an exciting period of growth, challenge and opportunity for midwifery in Ontario. The AOM is committed to the expansion of midwifery and to supporting Aboriginal midwives, both those working under the regulated model and Aboriginal midwives working under the exemption clause in the Midwifery Act, to provide optimal care that is responsive to the needs of Aboriginal women and their families and newborns.

The Policy Analyst, Aboriginal Midwifery, will be responsible for designing and facilitating community consultations, analysis, reports and advocacy on various issues related to midwifery and maternal and newborn health in Aboriginal communities. They will be responsible for providing leadership on the AOM’s work in support of Aboriginal midwifery, in its various manifestations, and in building relationships with Aboriginal communities and midwives.

Reporting to the Manager, Policy, and working within the Policy and Communications team at the AOM, this position will work closely with midwives and stakeholders. The ideal candidate requires excellent interpersonal skills, leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to tackle complex ideas and processes. The ideal candidate possesses excellent initiative and the skill to consult stakeholders with multiple ideas and visions and be able to recommend and lead ways of moving forward.

The successful candidate must possess sound judgment, think strategically and demonstrate an understanding of working within an Association environment. They must have a thorough understanding of the role of midwives in Aboriginal communities, of best practices for working with Aboriginal communities and of maternal and newborn health.

"I do!" spoken word workshops for young women (Toronto)

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"I do!" is a youth initiative that is part of the project Alliance of Multicultural Agencies Against Forced Marriages in Canada at Agincourt Community Services Association. It seeks to create awareness about gender violence issues, related to forced marriages, among young women through art workshops and to film the workshops for making a documentary.

They have completed the first art workshop which involved young people (13 - 18 years of age) creating posters about what they learned. You can read about that workshop on their blog.

Currently, they are seeking 20 young women (18 - 24 years of age) for their next workshop which will teach them the techniques of Spoken Word and how to express their views about forced marriage using this art. It will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from July 23rd to August 14th at Chester Le Community Corner (North-West Scarborough.)

For more information and to register, please visit their website.


Women’s Health Clinic seeking Physician (Winnipeg)

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This call for a physician was put out by the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg last week:

 “The Women’s Health Clinic is a health clinic run by a community elected board. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.

“Our clinic does a combination of reproductive health care, primary care and consultations for women’s health issues.  We have an outpatient eating disorder program, a surgical abortion program and are developing a pelvic pain program.  We have a strong adolescent health program including a school based clinic.  All of these are run from a primary care perspective.  We have a midwifery practice associated with the clinic and are opening the first midwifery run birth centre in Manitoba this summer.


“Our medical program consists of family physicians, RN (EP)s, RNs, dieticians, counselors and medical assistants.  We have a strong health care team with long term staff who are very supportive of new practitioners.  We frequently consult each other and encourage excellence through communication between our staff. 

“Why work at Women’s Health Clinic?

1.We are a unionized work place.  Our physicians are paid on salary with paid vacation, education and sick leave.  Sick leave can be used to stay home with ill family members/children not only when you are sick.  We also have a benefits package, short and long term disability and a pension plan.

2.We have a participatory management system which allows you to have significant input into the running of the clinic and program development.

3. Staff are encouraged to consider research projects and time can be protected to pursue these interests.

4. Friendly and supportive work environment with lots of support for new physicians/staff. 

5. Ability to develop skills in specialized areas of women’s health

What's NOT listed on that label? Find out on June 28!

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You can certainly read the label on that cleaning solution in your kitchen, but is every chemical in that bottle actually listed?

A new study by the Silent Spring Insititute finds there are potentially dangerous hidden chemicals not showing up on the labels of ordinary household products.

Learn more about this issue, in a call hosted by the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment:

Hidden Chemicals in Consumer Products: What's Not on the Label?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

9 am Alaska Time

10 am Pacific Time

1 pm Eastern Time

The call will last one hour. Sign up for the call to receive the call instructions or call (907) 222-7714

Visit the webpage for this call.

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