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The COVID-19 gender matrix

SFU researchers are studying the gendered impact of the pandemic, helping to shape the international response to this and future health crises.
By: Heather Marie Connors
June 28, 2020
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Dr. Julia Smith and Dr. Kelley Lee of Simon Fraser University are examining how sex and gender can be factors in the experience of COVID-19. Studies that focus on how the pandemic and it’s related policies affect genders differently are currently being conducted in Canada, China, the UK and Hong Kong. Utilizing sex and gender-based analysis, the team is looking for insights that will identify gaps and influence health policy going forward.

To assist in their research, Dr. Smith and her team are developing a COVID-19 Gender Matrix - a tool that captures gendered case study data, along with comprehensive resources to assist non-experts and policy-makers in processing the information in a timely manner.

“Making informed decisions about social impacts during a health crisis not only promotes equality and empowerment but is simply good public health,” explains Dr. Smith. “We need to ensure that our response to a public health crisis doesn’t cause undue harm to those already experiencing inequities.”

Source: Canadian Institute of Health Research

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