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Previous Issues of the Globe and Female
In this Issue: The inspirational Gio Guzzi
“A vibrant purple boa is casually wrapped around a doorknob, and a glitzy tiara with its chipped silver sheen hangs precariously from a section of matted feathers. Beyond this door is a small office, crammed full with books with feminist authors, inspirational quotes, a purple teddy bear whose significance is unknown to me, and watercolours that evoke peacefulness in the semi-chaos.”
In this Issue: Are we looking for you?
“When our staff are out in the world, sometimes it comes up in conversation that they work for Women’s Health Clinic. Many times someone will share with them an experience they had with WHC. In our 35 years, we have touched thousands of lives. Whether you have been a client, volunteer, staff member or advocate for us – we want to hear your voice. Why do you love Women’s Health Clinic?”
In this Issue: We stand in solidarity…
“On June 12th our staff, along with the rest of the world, learned about the horrific event in Orlando from social media, or watching news outlets, or reading online, or listening to the radio. Our emotions ranged from shock, to anger, to fear, and to sadness. Just one week prior, we had waking in the Pride Parade and danced joyfully in the sunshine with our co-workers without fear. We are part of the many communities affected by this tragedy. Some of us are part of the LGBTTQ* community. We are devastated and outraged that an attack was in a place where we have been safe, until now. Some of us are parents. Our hearts are open and our emotions raw at the thought of those parents who have lost their children.
We are all allies. With heavy hearts, all of us stand in solidarity with the LGBTTQ* community and all the loved ones who experienced this tragic loss. Instead of a feature article, we have decided to feature images of hope, unity and love.”
In this Issue: Mother’s Day – a celebration of capitalism and stereotyping?
“Today, the celebration of Mother’s Day has become yet another celebration of capitalism and gender stereotyping. For an example, you only need to look so far as KFC’s recent “Give your mom the night off!” ads. Not only does the campaign suggest that you need to BUY something to celebrate the day, it reinforces the stereotype that women bear primary responsibility for feeding the family.”
In this Issue: The negative side to body positivity – why we are refusing to #ownit – “We need to stop asking women to take all the responsibility to just love themselves while not acknowledging the culturally imposed barriers to self-love. Our culture is preoccupied with weight to such a degree that one’s health, morals, character and intelligence are all presumed to be lacking if you live in a body that is bigger than average.”
In this Issue: We see you. We hear you. We believe you.
“We are not silent. Thousands around the country are using the hashtag #ibelievesurvivors #ibelievewomen #believesurvivors to let women know they are not alone. Acquittal does not mean innocence. We are changing the conversation. Men and women need to continue to tell our friends, our family, and our children that it is not acceptable to disrespect women and use violence. We need to continue to tell our daughters that it is not her fault.”
The Personal is STILL Political.
“I am now a mother, who has struggled to find quality, affordable childcare. I manage a full-time job while doing a large majority of the housework. I have felt the pull between starting a family and advancing my career. I am a woman who has felt fear when being sexually harassed. Childcare, division of labour, gender parity – these are issues that affect me personally. But they are also political issues because they, and many other gender-based experiences, affect how women are able to participate in the world.
In this Issue: Celebrating IWD 2016 – International Women’s Day has been around for more than 100 years, and it was an idea that came out of socialism and labour activism as a day to celebrate and advance women’s political and social goals. In the very beginning, women were asking for shorter hours, better pay, the right to vote and hold political office, access to training and an end to discrimination. I’ll get to the celebration later. After more than 100 International Women’s Days, let’s take a look at how far we have gotten on achieving these goals.
In this Issue: 2016 marks WHC’s 35th anniversary and we need your help!
If you have ever been a volunteer, a staff or board member, or a client, we want you to get in touch with us. Click to sign up for our special 35th anniversary mailing list and be among the first to hear about our plans and to receive special invites for upcoming events. We invite you to please share our video to help us reconnect with members of our WHC community all across Canada. With your help, together we can make WHC’s 35th anniversary a milestone to remember!
In this Issue: Happy Holidays from WHC – Read as we reflect on highlights from the last year.
In this Issue: How do you stay committed to your diet through the holiday season? You don’t!
“Diets,” said Lindsey Mazur, registered dietitian for WHC, “simply don’t work. 95% of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back and more.”
Mazur stresses that diets don’t make us feel good about our bodies or ourselves, disturb our relationship with food, and can result in us being unhealthier in the long run. Check out Lindsey’s tips for enjoying the holiday season.
In this Issue: The Circle – “The lights are dimmed, and strands of twinkling holiday lights fill the space with a warm glow. The room invites conversation; handscripted words -“choice”, “hope”, “acceptance”- decorate the walls, posters from the late 80’s tell the histories of feminist conversations past. The room is unpretentious with its well-worn carpeting and rugged floors, yet inviting. This is a caring, welcoming place. This is the home of WHC’s The Circle.”
In this Issue: Your Vote/Your Voice – “Women and girls make up over 50% of Canada’s population. The issues of equality and social justice issues that affect them are concerns for every community in our country. Yet the voices of the 40% of eligible female voters who didn’t vote in 2011 went unheard.”
In this Issue: We respond to the Campaign for Life Coalition & Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform postcard campaign – “It’s estimated that 1 in every 3 women may have at least one abortion in her lifetime. That’s no surprise. Short of abstinence, no form of birth control is 100% effective. And it’s just one of many important reasons why we need to compassionately listen to women – and not shame them – when they tell they need abortion care.”
In this Issue: Positively Sex Positive – “There are a lot of buzz words thrown around these days in the world of sexual health; among them is “sex positivity.” And for most of us, it’s a pretty easy concept to get behind. Why wouldn’t we want to celebrate and explore (a)sexuality, (a)gender, and pleasure? But sometimes our own biases, beliefs, and the lens through which we view the world can get in our way when we think about sex positivity. There are some commonly held beliefs about what it means to be sex positive. Let’s take a moment to deconstruct it so we can embrace sex positivity in ways that are inclusive and empowering, both for ourselves and for other people.”
In this Issue: Highlights from our AGM – “The event highlight was the keynote address from newly retired former WRHA CEO, Arlene Wilgosh. In keeping with talk show host David Letterman’s recent retirement, she offered her own Top 10 list: Top 10 Observations on Community Health in Manitoba.”
In this Issue: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity – “While the terms sex and gender are often interchanged, there is a definite distinction; sex is defined by biology while gender is defined by society.”