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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Gender Differences in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths: The Impact on Women in Canada

By Grace Martin

As of May 22nd 2020, women make up 55% of COVID-19 cases in Canada . A different trend is seen in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and ICU admissions, where the majority of patients are male (54% and 64%, respectively). ...

Transitioning into the role of support worker during a pandemic

By Sophie McGregor

When a job posting for a support worker at the only women’s centre in Haida Gwaii came up, Kelsey Chamberlin knew the position was a fit for her. Equipped with ...

COVID-19 and Mental Health: How COVID-19 is Impacting Female Healthcare Workers

By Giselle Hunt

“They’re scared. They are frightened in anticipation of what’s to come They are scared for their patients, they are scared for themselves and their own health. They are afraid about their families, their loved ones.” ...

Obstetrics During the Pandemic – Interview with Dr. Shore

Dr. Eliane Shore is an obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is on the founding team for the Pandemic Pregnancy Guide, which offers current and reliable information about pregnancy during COVID-19. ...

Gaps in telehealth: Ensuring victims of domestic violence are not left behind in the COVID-19 pandemic

By Renée Reimer

The immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt worldwide. From travel bans to social distancing mandates to business and school closures ...

Charting the way forward: A summary of “Violence Against Women and Girls Data Collection during COVID-19”

By Kathleen O’Brien

The COVID-19 pandemic has exercised a multitude of effects on women all over the world. An important piece in the understanding of such effects lies in the procurement of data ...

COVID-19 and Motherhood: Impacts on Japanese Maternity Practices

By Cara A. Davidson

Although the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt on a global scale, not everyone is experiencing this pandemic in the same way. This is especially true for women ...

COVID and SRH Rights: How COVID-19 is impacting access to contraception and abortion

By Caroline McKenna.

While the impact of COVID-19 is felt worldwide, women and girls are disproportionately affected. Pre-existing gender inequities are exacerbated, including gender-based violence and access to healthcare1. During the pandemic, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care remains ...

Pregnancy and COVID-19: Giving Birth in a New Era

By Kathleen O'Brien

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way so many of us around the world live our lives. With stress levels elevated across the board, one group who may be more anxious ...

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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