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Labrador West Status of Women Council

 Events at the Labrador West Status of Women Center

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day September 9th

The Labrador West Status of Women's Center in conjunction with Curves held a Morning Tea at the Women's Center on September 9th from 9:30-12:00 noon. A representative from Labrador Grenfell joined the mornings discussions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and handed out information on FASD. Refreshments and a snack was enjoyed by all.

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Take Back the Night September 19th

Take Back the Night is a demonstration organized by women for women to stand together as women, refusing to be silent about violence and to state our refusal to take responsibility for violence. It also gives us the opportunity to celebrate teh steps we are taking to support each other and to create change. As you are aware violence takes place in our own communities. Just because we live in a small town doe not mean that violence does not exist. Don't think that it can't happen to your or someone you love. It could be your sister, your daughter, your mother, your aunt, your niece or your friend.

Every third Friday in September women around the world take this time to publicly express women's Determination to struggle agaisnt the sexism and violence tha tplague over our communities and circumscribe our lives. Not every women has been sexually assaulted but every women has been taught to fear it. Women around the world take this particular time to reflect on the issue of violence toward women. It describes how women, though becoming more independent in all areas of life, continue to experience fear in one form or other because they are female. Areas such as wife abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment in the work place and social settings are but a few of these issues. It really does not matter which form is addressed because they are all aloke as they all lead to the same distubing question about the fundamental values and priortites of our society. "Take Back the Night" signifies the fact tha twomen believe they should be able to walk on the streets at night without feeling fear. That women do not want to feel intimidated when uncomfortable situations present themselves. This year make it a point of relfecting on these issues as the 19th of September is the date to observe "Take Back the Night". 

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Person's Day October 18th

On October 18th, 1929, because of the efforts of five Albertan Women, the British Privy Council decided that women were "Persons" under Canadian Law, and therefore eligible for appointment to the Senate. This decision was rendered after a lengthy legal and political struggle, known as the "Persons Case".

Persons Day proved to be a great success for the Labrador West Status of Women's Center. Janice Barnes (Mayor of Labrador City) was the speaker this year at our annual Person's Day luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion. There were a total of 110 people in attendance. Thank you to all who attended and please watch for our Person's Day Luncheon next year. Posters an dadvertising will be out there good and early.

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December 6th Montreal Massacre Service of Rememberance

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991 to recognize violence against women. Teh service of remembrance coicides with the Anniversary of the death of 14 young women who were tradegically killed on December 6th, 1898 at L'Cole Polytechnique in Montreal because of their gender.

The Labrador West Status of Women Center in partnership with Hope Haven, The College of the North Atlantic and Pastors Elaine & Dave Milley  hosted a Service of Remembrance at the campus of the College on December 5th to remember the 14 women of the Montreal Massacre as well as all other women who have been killed at the hands of violence.

Over 80 participants took part in our service including many students enrolled at the campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

Violence against women is not an isolated event. Violence against women is still all around us. Saturday, December 6th, 2009 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On December 6th 1989, one man murdered 14 women in Montreal and injured others.

Along with Violence against women in our home, workplaces, and in the streets, this tradegy is yet another manifestation of the devaluing and blaming of women which is embedded in our society as well as internalized individuals.

"Violence is a chosen response" said Karen Oldford (Nurse Practitioner), as she spoke at the Service of Remembrance. "Society must become more serious about ending violence, our institutions must work for and achiever equality including equal power between women and men".

The Labrador West Status of Women Center would like to thank all those who attended and those who participated in our services.  

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Come Celebrate International Women's Day March 8th, 2010

International Women's Day Celebrations are coming up on March 8th, 2010. This year we have Dr. Natasha Turner coming to speak at this wonderful Women's gathering.

Here is some information on who Dr. Natasha Turner is as taken from her online Biography:

Natasha Turner, N.D. is a leading naturopathic doctor and an authority on hormonal and digestive concerns. She is the founder of Clear Medicine, a Canadian-based wellness boutique that provides integrated hearlthcare. As a health consultant and educator, Dr. Runer lectures across Canada, appears frequently in the media and has contributed to the creation of two commercial weight loss programs, which have helped to transform many lives. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

"Hormones are powerful chemical messengers in our body-they control everthing from our reproductive functions to our mood, sleep, appearance and almost every other aspect of daily life. Many of us experience signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day. Do you have trouble dragging yourself out of bed in teh morning? Ever have an uncontrollable sugar craving at 3 pm? Chronic headaches? Lack of energy? Do you get stressed just sitting in your office? Our bodies are wired to send us signals when something isn't right, but often we're too busy to hear them begging for attention. Compunding the problem is a lack of understanding about the future consequences, beyound weight gain, if thewe symptoms are left unaddressed. Without hormonal balance, we are subject to many diseases and illnesses. 

The Hormone Diet lays out a fool-oroof plan to balance your life, one hormone at a time. But it is more than just a diet book. Along with advice for wight loss, Dr. Turner provides recommendations for an anti-inflammoatory detox, nutritional supplements, exercise, sleep, stress management, toxin-free skin care and natural hormone replacement, along with a personalized diet plan-all incorporated into a complete 3-step wellness program focused on the essentials of homornal balance for lasting health and fat loss. 

If you would like to purchase or book a ticket please do so by calling the Women's Center at 944-6562 as seats are limited.   









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Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Abuse of older adults refers to action that harms an older person or jeopardizes the person's health or welfare. Abuse of older persons is also known as senior abuse or elder abuse.

Abuse can by physical (e.g.:hitting) emotional, verbal (e.g.:name calling), financial (e.g.: taking money or proerty), sexual, and spiritual.

Financial abuse is considered the most common form of abuse of older adults.

Neglect can be part of abuse. Neglect involves not doing something, such as not providing the older person with food, shelter, medication or care.

Older adults often experience more than one form of abuse and neglect. Some older adults may be neglected and have their rights violated.

Prevention of abuse has to happen at the root level; in homes and within communities.

Recently our Center has joined the Elder Abuse Committee of NL and has been part of the committee working on a proposed model for the implementation in NL named "Creating a Community Response to Elder Abuse". For more information on this model or for more information or help on elder abuse please contact our office at 944-6562 or lwsw@crrstv.net  

Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent!!!

Eleanor Roosevelt


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