Can COVID-19 be a catalyst for improving women’s health?
August 14, 2021
Drs. Farah Shroff, Bob Woollard and Kranti Suresh Vora, led a PWIAS roundtable focused on the challenges and benefits of COVID-19 for women’s health. Experts on women’s health from Canada, USA (Hispanic/Latinx community), Egypt, Sudan and India, participated in online sessions using deliberative dialogue, an approach which involves listening deeply to other points of view, exploring new ideas and perspectives, and bringing unexamined assumptions into the open to find solutions.
Measures imposed to control the pandemic, lock downs and travel restrictions, have resulted in significant environmental benefits to oceans and air. In some communities, increased social cohesion has brought people together and strengthened community bonds. The negative impacts of the pandemic, however, have been unequally imposed on women and poverty-stricken households.
Maternal and Infant Health Canada, led by Dr. Shroff, was selected to organize a panel discussion at the 74th World Health Assembly, on May 28, 2021, “Women Power, Politics and the Pandemic: celebrating women’s leadership”. Dr. Shroff was also awarded a Takemi Fellowship in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2021-22, where she will continue her research into improving global women’s health. For more information see Panel Discussion.
The PWIAS Roundtable program brings together interdisciplinary scholars, and non-academic participants to explore these challenges from multiple perspectives, develop policy recommendations, and future research opportunities.