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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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 ...

Supporting vulnerable women during the pandemic – an interview with Akilah Downey of The Redwood Shelter

The Redwood Shelter provides safe emergency lodging for women and their children who are fleeing abuse, and necessities like nutritious meals, toiletries, and diapers for babies. In addition to this, they offer onsite counselling for residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and crisis phone, chat, and text options that are also 24/7. ...

COVID-19: A Dangerous Time for Eating Disorders

By Katie Wilkins The societal landscape created by COVID-19 is one primed for fostering mental illness; chronically high levels of stress, fear, and social isolation set the foundation for disorders such as depression, anxiety, and many others. It is predicted that the mental health consequences of the pandemic will persist long after the virus ...

Women without Canadian legal status are differentially impacted by COVID-19

By Sarah Wong

Canada’s economic response plan to COVID-19 has helped many individuals stay financially afloat these past few months. Despite this, Lisa Rupert, Director of Housing Services and Violence Prevention for YWCA, states that the pandemic has differentially impacted women without Canadian legal status. ...

The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Black Women

By Leah Nairn

In Chicago, Black people make up 30% of the total population, but account for 70% of those killed by COVID-19 (1). These statistics are echoed in cities across the United States of America. In Canada, we only recently began collecting race-related data on COVID-19, but can assume that the statistics would lean in a similar direction (2). ...

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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