Women and Water Web site launches tomorrow

The National Network on Environments & Women’s Health (NNEWH) at York and the Faculty of Environmental Studies are celebrating the launch of their new Web site, Women and Water, tomorrow.

The Women and Water Web site will bring together resources related to women and water, and serve as a platform for releasing new research and policy tools from the NNEWH. The site will be a place for interdisciplinary exploration of women and water in Canada.

The launch of the Web site will take place Sept. 17, from 4 to 6pm, at 140 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building, Keele campus. Meera Karunananthan of The Council of Canadians will briefly address those present about Site 41, the controversial proposed dump site in Simcoe County which would be located on top of the Alliston aquifer, and about the joint work of the council and the NNEWH.

Over the past year, the NNEWH has been working on a variety of projects related to water, covering its privatization, its contamination and its meaning within Aboriginal communities and for women. A project-based research centre, the NNEWH is focused on effecting change through policy-oriented research relating to the impact of different environments on the health of all women in Canada.

It is one of four Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health supported by the Bureau of Women’s Health & Gender Analysis, Health Canada. The centres were established in 1996.

Drawing upon a range of expertise from academic research associates, community partners, service providers and women’s groups, the NNEWH encourages the use of a gender and diversity framework in the analysis of health research, policy development and education.

For more information, visit the National Network on Environments & Women’s Health Website or the Women and Water Web site.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to nnewh1@yorku.ca.