COVID-19 Womens Initiative

Stopping the spread of gender-based inequity.

As the pandemic is evolving, so is gender inequity. The COVID-19 
Women's Initiative focuses on education, advocacy, partnerships 
and improving access to resources for those facing gender inequity.


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Homelessness is a Human Right Issue 

By Leah Peer

Homelessness was a crisis before the pandemic, and it will continue to be so if neglected. On any given night, it is estimated that 35,000 Canadians sleep on the streets or in shelters, and at least 235,000 Canadians are homeless during any given year. ...

Gynaecology in a pandemic – Interview with Dr. Ruth Habte

By Sadiq Vali

Dr. Ruth Habte is a resident at UBC in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. COVID-19 Women’s Initiative (CWI) reached out to her to talk about the changes in access to contraception and sexual health during the pandemic that she has seen since the start of her residency. ...

Trans and Two Spirit Health During COVID-19

By Caroline McKenna While COVID-19 has fractured the world’s health care systems and economies, more than anything it has highlighted and exacerbated the pre-existing health inequities in vulnerable populations. Among the most vulnerable is the trans community, and even more so, the Black trans and Two Spirit communities. First, a brief note on definitions. While “cisgender” ...

Prejudice Toward Asian Health Care Workers

By: Anjelica Shrestha

On February 11th, 2020, the WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. Within the first 2 weeks of this declaration, more than 1,000 cases of racial discrimination and harassment against Asian Americans had been reported. ...

The Disproportionate Economic Effects of COVID-19 in Canada

By: Kaija Kaarid

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant economic turmoil in Canada. In May, the unemployment rate reached a record high of 13.7% - the worst since 1976 ...

Reproductive Injustice: Racism in Women’s Reproductive Health Care

By: Caroline McKenna

As June 2020 has been marked with milestones for the Black Lives Matter movement, we are reminded that systemic racism is not just present amongst the police force, but extends into education, employment, incarceration, housing, and healthcare.

Women as One – Promoting Equity and Opportunity in Medicine

By: Sarah Poteryko

Women as One was founded in 2018 by Dr. Roxana Mehran and Dr. Marie Claude Morice, two leaders in cardiology with a vision of improving treatment, recruitment and retention of female specialists. ...

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: From the Frontlines to Behind the Scenes – An Interview with Dr. Chelsea Elwood B.M.ScH, M.Sc, MD, FRCSC

By Shaila Gunn & Renée Reimer While the current pandemic has British Columbia hospital beds cleared to make room for COVID-19 patients, the same cannot be said about the maternity wards, which continue to operate at maximum capacity. Though elective surgeries have been cancelled and people are avoiding hospitals whenever possible, pregnant people do not ...

Sexual Reproductive Health Services (SRHS) Map

This effort is a joint collaboration between CWI volunteers and Obstetrics and Gynecology residents in Toronto to help women locate sexual and reproductive health services that are operating through the pandemic within the Greater Toronto Area.

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