WHY IS OUR WORK IMPORTANT?
Different communities in Canada face different barriers to accessing reproductive health care and attaining reproductive justice. According to SisterSong, "Reproductive oppression is the control and exploitation of women, girls, and individuals through our bodies, sexuality, labor, and reproduction. The regulation of women and individuals thus becomes a powerful strategic pathway to controlling entire communities."
- According to Statistics Canada, one in five women is born outside Canada. Canada's visible minority women are relatively well educated, but are more susceptible to unemployment.
- Additionally, immigrant women aged 25 or older are less likely to self-rate their overall health as very good or excellent compared with the Canadian-born. Source
- In Canada, there is a need for more comprehensive programs, policies, and practices to promote the sexual and reproductive wellbeing of every member of the community.
- Indigenous women experience a disproportionately high rate of sexually transmitted infections, reproductive tract infections, teenage pregnancies, and sexual violence. Source
- According to Amnesty International, Indigenous women were nearly three times more likely than non-Indigenous women to report being a victim of a violent crime; this was true regardless of whether the violence was perpetrated by a stranger or by a spouse. Source