Resources & Support for Women* during this phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has had a deeply gendered impact on Cis and Trans women as well as non-Binary and 2-Spirited femme people in Ontario and beyond and this is of particular concern amongst those living with and facing structural risk related to HIV.
As noted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission,
“These disproportionate impacts could have long-term and far-reaching consequences. If we are to restore momentum in our efforts to bring about gender equality in Canada, social and economic recovery efforts must take a feminist approach.”1
The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a disproportionate effect on Cis, Trans, and non-Binary and 2-Spirited femme people who are living with HIV, are African, Caribbean, Black, Asian, newcomers or are Indigenous, who use drugs, have experienced violence or incarceration, as well as those experiencing precarious housing and employment, women living in poverty, are mothers and caregivers, living with disabilities, and who sex work. These populations are of particular importance for our WHAI work, given the intersectional nature of social determinants of health.
Addressing the unique needs and experiences of WHAI’s priority populations in Ontario, as the landscape of the COVID-19 shifts, is an integral part of ensuring equitable access to recovery supports and create strategies and policies to improve the lives of these populations.
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 TTY: 1-866-863-7868
You can reach out to your local AIDS Service Organization – whether you are living with HIV or not.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Learn about supports available to you, and how to get help when you need it.
POST COVID-19 CONDITION SUPPORTS (LONG COVID)
Find Government of Canada information about, and links to support groups for, those affected by Post COVID-19 Condition (long COVID) HERE.
For more information about the gendered and racialized impact of COVID-19, and the strategies during this stage of recovery:
*'Woman' and 'Women' refers to Cis, Trans, and non-Binary and 2-Spirited femme people.