Dr. Shira Goldenberg presents on health and human rights for marginalized migrant women at Women’s Health Research Symposium

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.

Dr. Shira Goldenberg, a GSHI research scientist and assistant professor in the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences, presented on “Migration-related determinants of HIV and sexual health among marginalized women: Barriers, challenges and implications for health service delivery.”

Drawing on data from the AESHA Project as well as studies in Mexico and Central America, she illustrated the intersections between health inequities and human rights violations experienced by migrant and immigrant women who do sex work.

A rights-based approach is needed to address restrictive immigration policies and sex work laws, concluded Dr. Goldenberg.

In addition, Dr. Kate Shannon, GSHI director, moderated a talk by Dr. Annabel Mead on how to provide optimal practice for women in the opioid crisis.

A new Career Contribution to Women’s Health Research Award was established this year. The inaugural recipient was Dr. Deborah Money, a GSHI investigator and executive vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

The Women’s Health Research Institute is a GSHI community partner on the SHAWNA Project.