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Protecting home-based workers from second-hand smoke

August 19, 2013 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

At the tobacco control conference I’m currently attending, the issue of protecting women from smoking in the home came up today. A quick web search reveals that home-based workers are generally considered to mean those who work for pay, particularly home-based health care workers. But what about women performing household work in their own home? They are not paid, but they certainly work. If bans on smoking…

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Congratulations, life is miserable!

May 23, 2013 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

“Congratulations, it’s a girl! She has a 50% chance of being sexually or physically abused in her lifetime.” So runs a media campaign of the Canadian Women’s Foundation (www.canadianwomen.org). I am sure the campaign is well-intentioned and perhaps I miss the point, but I would argue that such campaigns can normalize abuse and make women even more fearful and disempowered. Media attention…

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Fires and shootings

December 22, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

Recently two awful things happened about ten thousand miles apart. In November in Bangladesh a factory fire killed over 100 workers. The deaths were largely a result of a long-standing policy common to garment factories of locking workers inside and not having fire escapes in the building, due to fear of theft. In December in the US, a troubled young man entered an elementary school with a semi-automatic weapon and…

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Defeat your enemies, not yourself

January 15, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

A quick thought, for when advocacy campaigns get you down. The best gift you can give to your enemies is to give up.  

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