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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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 ...

COVID-19 is spreading. So is gender-based inequity.

By Isabella Fan

“Look, everything has been diverted to COVID. But after COVID, another catastrophe will be women’s health, unless something is done right now.” ...

Mother’s Day

By Sadiq Vali

There are so many incredible health care workers I would like to thank these days, but today I would like to thank the first medical professional I came to know: my mother. ...

How COVID-19 is exposing the vulnerability of single mothers

By Manjot Sunner

As new restrictions are put in place, single parents may find it increasingly difficult to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Some grocery stores are asking that babies and children do not enter the store ...

COVID is not an Equalizer

By Vishali Balasubramaniam

As new cases of COVID-19 pop up, it is easy to get swept up into studying the science of transmission, being cautious with physical distancing, and wiping down every apple from the grocery store. I too, out of concern for my health and the health of the loved ones ...

Summary of “Framework in Ending Violence Against women and Girls with the advent of the COVID 19 from an African Perspective”

By Kathleen O'Brien

This is a summary of an article titled “Framework in Ending Violence Against women and Girls with the advent of the COVID 19 from an African Perspective” which was published on April 14, 2020 (1). The authors of this article are Alain Ndedi and Jennet Kem. ...

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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