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COVID-19 & Women: Resources and Support

COVID-19 has had a deeply gendered impact on women in Ontario and beyond and this is of particular concern amongst women living with and facing structural risk for HIV acquisition.

As noted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission

“The COVID-19 crisis has amplified the pre-existing barriers and gaps in equality. It has made things especially difficult for women in the service industry, frontline workers, single mothers, caregivers, and those at risk of domestic violence.”


“Now, more than ever, we must remember that far too many women in Canada continue to live a day-to-day reality fraught with socioeconomic disadvantage."

This is especially true for women living with HIV, Indigenous, Black, Brown, Asian and racialized women, newcomers, incarcerated women, women who have experienced violence, women who use drugs, Trans, non-binary, gender-marginalized and other members of the LGBTQ2SI+ community, and women with disabilities.

The disproportionately gendered impact is evident across all spheres in our communities from employment to health care, parenting, education, and access to community and social supports such as shelters, food, harm reduction and mental health care.

If you Need Support, Reach Out

There are many options for support in a range of languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These include crisis counselling, mental health counselling, harm reduction services, housing and shelter support, sexual assault centres, domestic violence supports, employment services, and more.


Assaulted Women's Hotline:
Crisis counselling, referrals to shelters, legal advice and other help. Available in 200 languages
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-863-7868



You can reach out to your local AIDS Service Organization – whether you are living with HIV or not.

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Mental health is just as important as physical health. Learn about supports available to you, and how to get help when you need it.

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