Canada's International Development Research Centre announces US$16 million project on women’s health related to COVID-19 pandemic

Canada’s International Development Research Center announced a new initiative called “Women RISE” (Women’s health and economic empowerment for a COVID-19 Recovery that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable), valued at approximately CA$20 million (US$16 million). The initiative intends to support action-oriented research on how women’s health and their paid and unpaid work intersect in the context of responding and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women have borne the brunt of pandemic-related labour disruptions; experts worry that without understanding the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and identifying policies that prioritize the needs and health of women, worldwide progress on gender equality will regress. The project is aligned with the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery, and research evidence generated by the initiative will inform immediate and medium-term solutions for post-COVID-19 recovery that will seek to improve gender equality and health equity. 

The program will launch in March 2022, and a forthcoming call for proposals will be available to fund research teams conducting gender-transformative research to understand the relationships between women’s work and health before, during, and after COVID-19. The CA$20 million (US$16 million) funding will support 20 research teams for up to 24 months.

Press release - International Development Research Centre