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COVID-19

A Focus on Women & Gender Diverse People

examining the scope & impact of the pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people everywhere. We have all had to adapt to a world of wearing masks, physically distancing, and lining up outside of grocery stores - but for many, these changes were a last concern. COVID-19’s impact extends far beyond newly imposed public health guidelines to reduce transmission of the virus. For those who are structurally vulnerable, the pandemic’s profound economic and social impact has been devastating. It is critical for researchers to centre those at the heart of the pandemic’s grave economic and social fallout in their work. Our COVID-19 campaign aims to highlight the regressive and harmful impact of the pandemic on low-income, BIPOC, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ2S+, and individuals in situations of domestic violence. We also call attention to the limitations and exclusions of existing research in these areas. Throughout your reading, we hope that you learn, think and reflect on the research and people discussed in these pages. 

From all of us at missINFORMED,

Kyra     Britt     Han     Prabhjeet     Kara     Jasmine     Kayla     Hannah     Alex     Stephanie     Lauren     manvi     ashley     clarisse     roma     emily     Clara 

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While public health guidelines and mandates have been an important part of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, they have failed to consider the groups for which “staying home” isn’t a safe and/or viable option. This section explores the impact of COVID-19 and the consequent public health guidelines on individuals experiencing houselessness and individuals experiencing

domestic violence.

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COVID-19 has significantly impacted the healthcare landscape, from the redeployment of healthcare practitioners to the frontline of the pandemic to the closure of clinics and postponement of non-emergent surgeries. This section explores barriers in accessing healthcare faced by survivors of domestic violence and the increase in, and lack of support for, the number of individuals struggling with their mental health at a time when mental wellbeing

is compromised for many.

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COVID-19 has resulted in severe economic fallout, which has led to a significant increase in unemployment and unpaid labour. With the resurgence of traditional gender roles, the increased burden on those operating within the care economy has forced many out of the workforce. The pandemic has also impacted areas of work where structurally vulnerable folx are overrepresented and increased the precariousness of non-traditional labour markets. This section explores COVID’s impact on unemployment rates, unpaid care work, sex work, frontline workers and celebrates leaders in the COVID-response.

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We have collected and put together a variety of resources to support you and your loved ones through out the pandemic.

missINFORMED is a national non-profit designed to provide health education & to promote informed advocacy, through evidence-based teachings and by centring the lived experiences of women and gender diverse folks.

missINFORMED primarily operates on the traditional land belonging to the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral Peoples as well as the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We acknowledge that our actions contribute to the land we live on, and as such we are tasked to be caretakers of this land and the people that inhabit it. On behalf of the individuals of immigrant and settler Canadian descent who are present on our team, we acknowledge that our positions on health, and our accessibility to healthcare, have been largely shaped by our own lived experiences which encompass many privileges. We are committed to continually evaluate & decolonize our practices, and doing our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We plan to use our platform to be inclusive of all women who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and hope to build our organization to represent and support women of all identities including but not limited to queer, trans, two-spirit, and non-binary folx, as well as those that identify as Black, Indigenous, or Women of Colour. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that communities of colour and the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. While each member of missINFORMED brings their own experiences, education and expertise, we are always motivated to keep learning and to keep expanding our repertoire and knowledge capacity. We hope that through this platform, we can build an inclusive, diverse and equitable community of empowered and informed women.

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