Gender and Sexual Health Initiative: Informing evidence-based sexual health policy and practice to reduce health inequities.
On May 24, 2017 Dr. Kate Shannon participated in a roundtable hosted by the Canadian Department of Justice. The purpose of this consultation was to discuss the impact of former Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA). A number of local sex work, legal policy and social justice organizations also attended, including Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), PACE Society, WISH Drop-in Centre Society and Pivot Legal Society.
Several researchers with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative were featured at this year’s Women’s Health Research Symposium, held April 26, 2017, at the University of British Columbia and hosted by the Women’s Health Research Institute.
This year, the Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR) and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) launched the CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in Research Awards to honour the the work of Canadian researchers endeavouring to effect change for people living with and affected by HIV.
A number of oral and poster presentations on research conducted by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative will take place at this year’s CAHR conference, held in Montreal from April 6 to 9, 2017. They include findings from our SHAWNA, AESHA, and Gulu Projects. If you’re at the conference, check out these presentations!
The SHAWNA team (PIs: Drs. Andrea Krüsi & Kate Shannon, Donna Tennant) recently received two community-based research grants to support scaling up of the research and knowledge translation on the intersection of HIV and the law, including criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and incarceration experiences among women living with HIV.