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Bassili, Monica

The Healing Journey: Indigenous Women and Girls

As a result, it can be easy to justify the harms experienced by Indigenous women and girls based on what they are “doing.” For instance, situations of sexual violence are written off due to involvement in prostitution. However, the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s research indicates that some women were “vulnerable” to violence only insofar as they were Indigenous and they were women. 

Approximately 6 in 10 Indigenous women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Yet, violence against Indigenous women and girls continues today through colonial institutions such as reserves, child welfare, and policing systems. 

First Vaccine Climb to 90%

First Vaccine Doses Climb to 90 % for Albertans 12 +

As of Feb. 10, 90 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older have received one dose of vaccine through Alberta Health Services, community pharmacies and physician offices.

In addition, 86.3 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older have now received two doses, helping to protect themselves and those around them, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More than 226,400 pediatric vaccines (first and second doses) have also been administered to children aged five to 11.

Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13

Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13

Cities across the country are recognizing February 13 with official proclamations. Historic and popular buildings, landmarks, bridges, signs and storefronts will be illuminated red. Canada will dress in red and take to social media to participate in the national conversation about women’s heart health. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women worldwide and in Canada, research suggests death rates due to heart disease is on the rise. 

Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually on February 13 to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Events nationwide are  hosted by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance and powered by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Monica Bassili

Clare’s Law – Reducing Domestic Violence Against Women

On April 1, 2021, Alberta’s version of Clare’s Law came into effect, signifying a shift towards supporting women and victims of domestic abuse. The underlying assumption is that under the effective Edmonton Police Service, domestic violence will be adequately recorded to reflect a perpetrator’s prior abuses. However, what happens when abuses are not reported?

It is important to note that eighty percent of victims of domestic abuse do not report their abuse to the police. Further, instances where police undermine and paradoxically support the abuser widely occur. In such circumstances, the police officers must get the information and ultimately conclude a case. This becomes challenging when the women in question are beyond hurt and deemed “hysterical” or emotional – a sign that they are unreliable.

“Feb. 1-7 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. More than 55,000 Albertans are affected by eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Everyone Has Role To Play |Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 1-7

“There are thousands of women and men in Alberta who have recovered from eating disorders and they provide a shining example that recovery is possible for everyone. As with any mental health challenge, while pursuing recovery may not always be easy, it is always worth it.

“The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta offers support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online. Another great resource is the Silver Linings Foundation. They offer additional eating disorder support groups online. If you or someone you know is in distress, please call 211 Alberta and they will help you access eating disorder recovery supports.”

Monica Bassili

Silence of the Workforce: Immigrant Women’s Employment in Canada

To counter racism, sexism, and the political and economic structures hindering immigrant women in Canada, growing your personal and community networks is crucial to attracting desired social and economic outcomes. In this sense, employers’ work to change their hiring practices, along with immigration and settlement reforms, are co-created with the efforts and desires of immigrant women. 

For example, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers provides targeted programming and supports immigrant women’s employment. In enabling a space of open, transparent, and reciprocal support for immigrant women located in Edmonton, a community of care and respect manifests. Without strong social and community relationships, finding the appropriate services required for economic success is increasingly challenging. 

Alberta’s Investment in Diverse Community Projects across Alberta

The Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant stream provides funding to organizations creating opportunities for Albertans to engage with their communities. Funding supports community projects such as new or one-time initiatives, new or enhanced programs and community events. Funding can support project needs such as wages for new positions, event hosting costs, vehicle purchases, website development, marketing and technology, and office equipment.

Paxlovid Treatment for COVID19 ships soon

Paxlovid – COVID 19 Treatment Ships January 31st

The first shipments of Paxlovid will be available to Albertans starting Jan. 31. The initial supply will be limited, so eligibility will be determined to those who will benefit the most. This medication can cause side effects so that it will be available only by prescription after an assessment by a clinician.

Paxlovid is the first COVID-19 treatment approved by Health Canada that can be taken orally at home. The second COVID-19 early treatment option available in Alberta after Sotrovimab was made public last year.

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