UN WOMEN, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director

Message of the Executive Director: We call on countries to “step it up” for gender equality Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Women’s Day 2015. In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, world leaders committed to a future where women are equal. One hundred and eighty nine countries and 4,000 civil society organizations, attended the conference. Women left Beijing with high hopes, with a well-defined path towards … [Read more...]

Margot Franssen – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this Canadian woman leader that is devoting her life to the betterment of our youth, with a focus on the issue of the Human Trafficking of girls in Canada. “It doesn’t matter how you fight the good fight – just fight with passion. It doesn’t matter how much you share your personal affluence to influence social change – just give a bit more than you thought you could.”     WOMAN of ACTION™     Margot … [Read more...]

Self Injury Awareness Day, MAR 1

Will you see the emotional scars? Self Injury Awareness Day - Self-injury or self harming is when a person deliberately hurts themselves physically to deal with the emotional pain they are suffering. Self-injury is any deliberate, non suicidal behaviour that inflicts physical harm on your body and is aimed at relieving emotional distress. Photo courtesy of Piotr Kozikowski Physical pain is often easier to deal with than emotional pain, because it causes ‘real’ feelings. Injuries can … [Read more...]

Here is Your Prescription…, Larry James

On the hit TV show, "Elementary," Sherlock, after lots of banter back and forth with his shrink, his psychiatrist abruptly said, "Hour's up!" and handed him a prescription. It read, "Make one new friend before next week." Friendship is a good thing, however, somehow we all forget how important it is. A friend is someone you know well and care about, who also knows and cares about you. We need more people like this in our lives. Great friendships improve all aspects of our lives. When you … [Read more...]

“Woman: A search”,‏ at Harbourfront Centre on MAR 21

Enakshi Sinha's Mrudanga Dance Academy presents: Woman: A Search March 21 @ 7:00 pm Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. It tells the stories of two women through poetry, theater, dance, and music. In one story, we meet a young girl who grows up knowing that her family had wanted a son, not her. In another, we see how a woman thirsts for an identity society refuses to give her, and how her quest for love and search for justice morph into one. Through this event, we are … [Read more...]

Children’s Mental Health Matters, Take Action!

Mental Health Disorders in Children and Youth It estimated that nearly 1 in 5 Ontario children under the age of 19 experiences a mental, emotional or behavioural disorder that is severe enough to seriously affect their daily functioning at home, school or within the community1. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment lead to better outcomes for children later in life. Some of the more common mental health disorders affecting children and youth are listed below. Click … [Read more...]

Goblins of Addiction, Dr. Jana Burson

Time for some whimsy… Misery and Deceit, two goblins who worked for the Emperor of Wretchedness, were talking in a dark alley. Hopeless, another goblin, had just left them and was shuffling down the street, trailing the stench of sulfur. “Idiot,” said Misery, speaking about Hopeless. “He couldn’t stop his human from getting help for addiction. What an incompetent. Doesn’t he realize that addiction must continue so we can make these humans miserable? Addiction is a key method to keep people … [Read more...]

6th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health, MAR 22-25

6th World Congress on Women's Mental Health 22–25 March 2015 Tokyo, Japan REGISTRATION - HERE The International Association for Women’s Mental Health, a multidisciplinary group that has the mission of improving the mental health of women throughout the world, expanding the fund of knowledge about Women's Mental Health and promoting gender-sensitive and autonomy-enhancing mental health services for women, cordially invites you to participate in the 6th World Congress on Women’s Mental … [Read more...]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day: What is LOVE?

What is LOVE? ... a question of the ages. Psychology Today says: "Love is a force of nature. However much we may want to, we can not command, demand, or take away love, any more than we can command the moon and the stars and the wind and the rain to come and go according to our whims. We may have some limited ability to change the weather, but we do so at the risk of upsetting an ecological balance we don't fully understand. Similarly, we can stage a seduction or mount a courtship, but the … [Read more...]

WOMEN MOVING FORWARD Conference, MAY 31

WHAT IS THE WOMEN MOVING FORWARD CONFERENCE? It is a one-day conference to celebrate the courage of women who are moving forward in their lives. These women can come from many different walks of life and have chosen to move beyond their circumstances. Our goal to provide participants with new tools and motivation to continue to move forward in their lives. We are holding the non-profit event which is FREE to the first 100 women who register. A light breakfast and lunch will be … [Read more...]

THE YEAR OF THE GOAT (SHEEP) 2015

The Sheep (Goat) is a Yin (female) energy, a symbol of Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility. That is the primary and fundamental mood for this year. Though there are cries for War and a countdown is soon to begin, if any almanac serves me well – War will be averted and a period of mending and compromise will be undertaken to ensure Peace is maintained. The Sheep is the symbol of the Arts. It relates to passive and nurturing times. It will help the healing process with regard to past … [Read more...]

INFOGRAPHIC, Why Educating Women/Girls Matters

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