A podcast series by the Inter Council Network that explores the sustainable development goals through those on the ground. Stories and analysis from content and context experts will inspire and inform listeners. You will hear from nonprofits, civil societies, academics, and community leaders.
Ep 1: Women’s mental health in Gambia
This episode offers an in-depth discussion on women's mental health within the Gambian context, delving into challenges they encounter, such as limited access to quality health care services and weak societal support systems. Our guest speaker, Modou Ceesay, underscores the significance of women's health and elucidates predominant mental health issues women face, including depression and drug-induced psychosis. He elaborates on how socio-economic shifts adversely affect women's mental health and how these concerns are often overlooked within communities. A central theme is the insufficient access to quality healthcare services, a consequence of inadequate infrastructure, scarce healthcare supplies and high costs, limited staffing and security, and the challenge of reaching a broader swath of the country. The episode concludes with Ceesay pinpointing various shortcomings in the healthcare delivery system, offering potential solutions and suggesting methods to better protect mentally vulnerable individuals within our communities.
Ep 2: Women’s mental health in China
In this episode, we're joined by guest speakers Jenny, Nana, and Jasper from Space Hug, an initiative addressing the rapid rise of technology use in China, with a focus on Chinese women's mental health. Using the popular Chinese social media platform RED, Space Hug disseminates knowledge and raises awareness on critical issues like mental illness stigma, social anxiety, and phobias through live streams and workshops. Garnering over 100,000 views from their initial streams, Space Hug has evolved into a platform for support, mutual learning, and growth.
We explore how rapid urbanization and demanding work cultures, represented by terms like "996," "007," and "11117," affect the mental well-being of Chinese women. The episode uncovers systemic barriers such as stigma, lack of awareness, and financial constraints that prevent women from seeking help. Our conversation also delves into the varying challenges women face in different regions within China and discusses strategies to make mental health services more accessible and adaptable. Space Hug exemplifies the innovative approaches being taken to offer unique mental health solutions for Chinese women.
Ep 3: Women’s mental health in Canada
In this episode, guest speaker Jordan Smith joins us to explore women's mental health in indigenous communities, specifically Glooscap First Nation, in Canada. We'll delve into how culture, history, and systemic barriers such as access and cost have uniquely impacted these communities. Jordan points out the significant gaps in professional training, particularly in understanding the historical context that needs to be addressed. The episode also highlights holistic treatment as a promising avenue for healing, emphasizing its role in addressing trauma and unhealed communities, while also acknowledging the room for improvement in tailoring services to diverse needs.
Introduction: Women's Mental Health in Gambia, China, and. Canada
This podcast series is produced in partnership with the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association and aims to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the topic. It will explore the issue in three different contexts: The Gambia, China, and Canada, examining the impact on socio-economic and environmental development in these regions.
Partnerships for Resiliency Through Grassroots Networks
To achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), there is a need for a multi-stakeholder approach that includes and values knowledge, expertise, and experiences by different actors including grassroots organizations.
We conclude this season with a focus on SDG 17 Partnerships For The Goals, through multistakeholder collaboration, and partnerships through civil society and the small nations with our guest, April Ingham, Executive Director, Pacific Peoples' Partnership.
Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Every year, the porcupine caribou herd embarks on the longest land mammal migration in the world, covering over 2400 km from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and into Alaska. Oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge threatens the food security, spiritual and cultural foundation of the Indigenous Gwich'in Nation of Alaska and Canada.
This week we talk to Lorraine Netro, an Elder of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. We talk about the advocacy campaign to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Porcupine Caribou from development, the importance of the Porcupine Caribou to the Gwich’in, and the impact development would have to the culture and food security of the Gwich’in Nation.