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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed longstanding health inequities faced by vulnerable populations, especially women and older persons. Research on the impact of work on women's health is limited in low to middle-income countries. To address this gap, we will work with our Canadian, Kenyan, and Ugandan teams to give voice to the concerns, needs, and ideas of women and seniors for recovery beyond COVID-19. Our innovative approach will prioritize their voices, ensure equity and inclusion, and be based on shared decision-making.


Through this research project, we aim to translate knowledge into action for women to write their own futures beyond the pandemic.

Building Back Stronger:

Empowering Women for a Sustainable Future

Our proposal outlines an action-oriented research program that addresses women's health, work, and well-being across the life course to empower women and build a sustainable economy and environment post-COVID-19.

Using an innovative methodology that prioritizes the voices of women and policymakers, the research will lead to evidence-informed policy and practice-making. The program will employ a transdisciplinary approach and a parallel case study design to facilitate comparisons of results and mobilization of learnings between two research sites.

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Objective 1

How are women doing? 

This will examine associations between work (both paid and unpaid) and health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic among women across the life course.

Objective 2

How empowered are women feeling?

Document levels of perceived empowerment among women across the life course.

Objective 3

What do women need to address their health and wellbeing issues and to feel more empowered?

Undertake deliberative dialogues with women across the life course as well as key stakeholders to design an intervention strategy for immediate and medium-term solutions for COVID-19 recovery at both the community and systems levels and to establish a foundation for women together that will help them address future (health, climate, civil) emergencies.

Collaborating Institutions

Dr Diana M.S. Karanja


University of Waterloo

Prof. Susan J. Elliotts

Department of Geography & Environmental Management



Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi

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