Clinical Summary on Women's Sexual Health

Based on data from International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and published evidence, click here to access a Clinical Summary on Women's Sexual Health which includes three chapters with 3 Canadian experts.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women  

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 12.11.27 PMUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform aimed to end violence against women and girls.  In Canada, UNiTE is commemorated by a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women each December 6.  Canadian flags on all federal buildings, including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, are flown at half-mast while Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute of silence and wear a white or purple ribbon as a commitment to end violence against women.

The date is significant as it is the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre where fourteen women were singled out for their gender and murdered. It is often marked by vigils, discussions and other reflections on violence against women.

FMWC members can start or join an action to educate through UNiTE by visiting their website:

World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health 

Social justice is a matter of life and death. It affects the way people live, their consequent chance of illness, and their risk of premature death. We watch in wonder as life expectancy and good health continue to increase in parts of the world and in alarm as they fail to improve in others.  Click here for WHO report on closing the gap in health equity.

Gender Specific Medicine

This manual on how to integrate gender into medical education programs is part of the Gender and Curriculum Project in Ontario, Canada.   Please feel free to view and share by clicking here.

A Training Manual for Gender Mainstreaming in Health was developed by the MWIA and which Dr. May Cohen (FMWC member) was instrumental in having produced. Click here to read more.

The training manual for Adolescent Sexuality written by Dr. May Cohen and compiled by Dr. Shelley Ross for the Medical Women's International Association is available. Click here to read more.

The Power Study 

POWER is a multi-year project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care analyzing the latest information on women’s health and health care in Ontario. The women’s health report card serves as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce inequities among Ontario women. It focuses on the leading causes of illness and death among women, including cancer, heart disease, depression, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and reproductive health. In addition, it reports on the overall health of Ontario women, women’s access to health care services, and the social determinants of women’s health. To learn more, visit

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