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Three new publications from the WELLESLEY CENTERS FOR WOMEN:

1. A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS METHOD FOR FEMINIST RESEARCHERS: A GENTLE INTRODUCTION, by Allison J. Tracy and Lynn Sorsli (18p., 2004, WCW Working Paper No. 414), focuses on a new data analysis modeling approach called latent variable mixture modeling (LVMM) that can be used for quantitative feminist research. The paper is available in hard copy (mailed) or PDF (emailed) for $10.00 (plus $4.00 for mailed hard copy) from the WCW Publications Office: order online at, or print out the online order page and mail or fax it to Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481; fax: (781) 283-2504. Phone: (781) 283-2500; email:

2. WOMEN'S STAY-LEAVE DECISIONS IN RELATIONSHIPS INVOLVING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, by Vera E. Mouradian (23p., 2004, WCW Working Paper No. 415), aims to "provide a better understanding of the dynamics of abusive relationships and the emotional and practical obstacles that must be overcome in attaining safety." The paper also contains a contact list of resources for those who wish to become more involved in the issue. The paper is available in hard copy (mailed) or PDF (emailed) for $10.00 (plus $4.00 for mailed hard copy) from the WCW Publications Office: order online at, or print out the online order page and mail or fax it to Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481; fax: (781) 283-2504. Phone: (781) 283-2500; email:


3. A HOME-STUDY PROGRAM, based on Jean Baker Miller's book TOWARD A NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN and created by the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, was released in 2004. The program has three goals: "To examine a groundbreaking framework for understanding women's psychological development," "to enlarge understanding of women's strengths and abilities," and "to identify characteristics of relationships that foster mutual growth." The home study program, listed as No. HS2, is available alone for $50.00 or with a copy of Miller's book for $65.00. To order, use the shopping cart feature at, or print out the online order form and mail or fax it to Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481; fax: (781) 283-2504. Phone: (781) 283-2500; email:

As part of its Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Programme, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) released LESSONS FROM WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, a twenty-six-page report by Cecilia Blondet, in 2004. Lessons ... addresses the impact of women on politics in Peru, focusing on two main questions: Is the presence of women in public life helping to promote women's issues on the national political agenda? And "do women constitute a discrete social group that can be represented as such?" The price for the report, in either Spanish or English, is $12.00 for readers in industrialized countries and $6.00 for readers in developing or transitional countries and for students. For more information, contact Nicolas Bovay, phone: 41 (0)22 917 1143; email: bovay@unrisd. For review copies, contact Sylvie B. Liu, phone: 41 (0)22 917 3011: email To contact the institute: UNRISD, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; website:

IMPACT OF INTERNAL ARMED CONFLICT ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN, an eighty-two-page research report of the Sindhuli District of Nepal, was published in 2004 by the Institute of Peace and Development (INPED). The report (ISBN 9993382116) addresses the dire situation in Nepal and discusses not only the impact of conflict on women and children but also the "nature and causes of IDPs (internally displaced)" and ways to resolve the problem. It can be ordered online for $3.00 plus shipping at (type title in search window); or contact Akhil Books, 4675/21 Ganpati Bhawan, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110002, INDIA; phone: 91-11-23266030 or 91-11-55302465; fax: 91-11-22910453; email:

EFFORTS AT PROMOTION OF WOMEN IN NEPAL, written by Dr. Meena Acharya, was released in 2003 by the Tauka Prasad Acharya Memorial Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). The sixty-four-page publication (ISBN 9993389943) is divide into five parts, including "Understanding the Gender Concepts: A Framework for Analysis," "Development Plans and Policies in Nepal," and "Changing Gender Status: Achievements and Challenges." The book examines issues of gender sensitivity and the existing social structure in Nepal. A free full-text download (zipped Word file) is available at For more information, contact Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Sanepa, Ward No. 2, Lalitpur, P. O. Box 11840, Kathmandu, NEPAL; phone: 00977-1-5522526 or 00977-1-5542406; fax: 00977-1-5521101; email:


A voter guide titled THE ABC'S OF WOMEN'S ISSUES was published by the National Council of Women's Organizations in 2004. The seventeen-page paperback guide, which summarizes key ideas for women voters to consider when making their political decisions, is available for free from the National Council of Women's Organizations, 733 15th St, NW Suite 1011, Washington D.C. 20005; phone: (202) 393-7122; email:; website:

Created by Sister Namibia, THE NAMIBIAN WOMEN'S MANIFESTO: WORDS INTO ACTION is a thirty-nine-page guide outlining women's issues in Namibia, and goals to be met to create equality in the political system. The guide, published in 2004, includes an informational brochure explaining the current political situation in Namibia and the need for gender equality in politics. To order the guide or obtain other information contact Sister Namibia, P.O. Box 40092, Windhoek, NAMIBIA; phone: 264-61-230618; email:

SAFE MOTHERHOOD STRATEGIES: A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE, is a set of scientific papers that were initially commissioned by the European Commission for a meeting of experts in Brussels in 2000. The papers were published in book form in 2001 and eventually issued on CD-ROM in three languages. The result of collaboration between the European Commission, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp University, and John Snow International UK, Safe Motherhood Strategies "is intended as a basis for defining a clear European Union (EU) strategy for the reduction of avoidable maternal deaths." The content of the publication can be searched or read online for free--in English, French, or Spanish--at To order a free copy of the CD-ROM version, contact John Snow International UK, Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health, 325 Highgate Studios, 53-70 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL, UK; fax: +44-20-7482-4395; email:; website:

BREAKING THE SILENCE: THE GLOBAL GAG RULE'S IMPACT ON UNSAFE ABORTION a 2003 report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses the Global Gag Rule and its impact on the sexual and reproductive health of women in Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru, and Uganda. The Gag Rule prevents women living in countries receiving USAID funding from obtaining correct information about abortions, access to safe abortion services, and many other services. The forty-one page report can be ordered for $7.00 from the Center for Reproductive Rights at 120 Wall Street, 14th Floor, New York City, NY 10005; phone: (917) 637-3600, email:; or viewed online at

EARLY ABORTIONS: PROMOTING REAL CHOICE FOR WOMEN, written by Dr. Caroline Mawer and Margaret McGovern of the UK's Family Planning Association (FPA) and presented to the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Choice Group in 2003, calls for new legal measures to be taken toward integrating abortions into more accessible health services. Recommendations include "a target waiting time of 72 hours for abortion from the time a woman first contacts a health professional," a set percentage of abortions to be paid for by the National Health Service, and increased roles for nurses in providing abortions. The report is available for [pounds sterling]5 directly from the FPA, 2-12 Pentonville Road, London N19FP, UK; phone: 018657 19418; fax +44 (0)20-7837-3042. A press release about this report is archived on the FPA's website at

IMPROVING THE HEALTH SECTOR RESPONSE TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: A RESOURCE MANUAL FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, an electronic manual released in 2004 by the International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), "provides tools and guidelines for programme managers working in developing countries." Topics deal with health services, network building, and legal issues. This manual is available for free, either as a mailed CD-ROM or a downloaded PDF, in English or Spanish, at

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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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