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 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. ...

COVID-19: The Revealer of Gender Inequity in Public Health

By Anindita Marwah

The COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) has been called an “equal-opportunity virus”(1). While the virus itself is not known to discriminate, this pandemic is proving to be a revealer of some the many deep-rooted health inequities that exist in our healthcare system, which are now being highlighted by the public health response to the outbreak. ...

The rise of domestic abuse amidst the COVID pandemic: why shelters are struggling to satisfy women’s growing need for support

By Katie Wilkins

As COVID-19 has become more widespread over the past few weeks, incidences of gender-based violence have increased. This is a trend that has been reliably observed in crisis situations throughout recent history: during times of war, economic collapse, and now, pandemic. ...

Making a Difference: How the World is Addressing the Pandemic of Domestic Violence

By Antara Chatterjee

Bad news: The incidence of domestic violence is increasing globally due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Good news: Amazing efforts are being made worldwide to support victims of domestic violence. ...

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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