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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COVID-19 Exposure Alert – There’s an app for that!

By: Grace Martin We have an app for everything – ordering food, listening to music, watching videos, and buying just about anything – right at our fingertips. Now, we have an app where people can be alerted of possible COVID-19 exposures. COVID Alert, an app released by Health Canada on Friday July 31st, 2020 is ...

Homes Without Violence

By: Sadiq Vali Rushda Khan is a lawyer trained in constitutional law in India. She has worked with two judges of the Supreme Court of India and is now working at the office of the Attorney General for India, Mr. K. K. Venugopal. Homes Without Violence is an initiative that Rushda started to generate awareness ...

T-Shirt Fundraiser on until September 30th!

CWI T-shirts are now available NATIONALLY! Shirts can be purchased for $25 each through our Etsy store until September 30, 2020. All proceeds go directly to support women’s shelters and transition homes in Canada. Learn more on the main fundraiser page here: ...

Slow Burn: A COVID-19 Narrative

By: Nayeon Kim “Not even as bad as the common cold,” they said. “The media is just doing what it always does: sensationalizing.” You laugh, nod, agree. This virus, which happens to be trending on Twitter and serving as the hottest new headline, was surely not the big bad that people were making it ...

Economic Effects of COVID-19 in Canada: June 2020 Update

By Kaija Kaarid The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Canadian economy significantly. As discussed in the June 15th article, entitled “The Disproportionate Economic Effects of COVID-19 in Canada”, there have been gender disparities in job losses, shift cuts and rates of re-employment among Canadians. Upon viewing the Statistics Canada monthly “Labour Force Survey” reports, it ...

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. ...

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, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

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