Gender and Sexual Health Initiative: Informing evidence-based sexual health policy and practice to reduce health inequities.

Gender and Sexual Health Initiative: Informing evidence-based sexual health policy and practice to reduce health inequities.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
“We need clean and safe places to work,” say trans sex workers displaced by Vancouver gentrification

New research demonstrates how construction, gentrification and ongoing criminalization increase risks of violence and harassment of trans sex workers

Thursday, November 24, 2016
New GSHI Research Links Use of Depo-Provera® with HSV-2 Acquisition among Marginalized Women

Today, GSHI, along with community partner SWUAV, shared this letter with key national and global policy makers calling for guidelines to better protect sexual and reproductive rights of marginalized women.

Monday, November 7, 2016
Food Insecurity Increases HIV Risk Among Youth Sex Workers in Metro Vancouver

There has been little research focused on marginalized youth, particularly street-involved sex workers in high-income countries like Canada. 

Daniella Barreto, a GSHI Research Assistant and MSc student at the University of British Columbia, sought to understand how food insecurity impacts sexual risk negotiation for marginalized youth in sex work in Metro Vancouver.

Friday, October 14, 2016
Dr. Andrea Krusi speaks at PACE event on sex workers and the housing crisis

GSHI Research Associate Dr. Andrea Krusi joined PACE Society to speak on how the housing crisis impacts sex workers at an event  for the City of Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week. Dr. Krusi presented research from GSHI's AESHA project that speaks to the lack of safe and affordable housing for sex workers.

The event, called Experiencing Homelessness: Sex Work Storytellers, included monologues by spokespeople from PACE Society.

As told to the CBC, Dr. Krusi commented that legislation introduced in 2014 (which targets buyers rather than sex workers), negatively impacts sex workers, and that landlords in Vancouver discriminate against sex workers.

You can read more about the event in this article from the CBC.

Monday, September 26, 2016
Dr. Shira Goldenberg featured at the SFU Fall 2016 Health Sciences Research Seminar Series

Marginalized migrant women, including those involved in sex work, frequently face serious health and social inequities, particularly related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and human rights. Dr. Goldenberg's presentation, which you can download here, introduced basic tenets of migrant health, drawing upon qualitative, epidemiological and mixed-methods research from Canada, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate how the HIV and sexual health inequities faced by marginalized women are deeply shaped by broad social and structural determinants including violence and human rights abuses, stigma and discrimination, economic marginalization, and experiences of criminalization.