Save the Date: Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, Canadian Webinar Series, Wednesday, January 24th, 9:00 Vancouver, 12:00 Montréal/Toronto, 18:00 Geneva

11 January, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights would like to invite you the third of a multi-phase series of webinars focused on key aspects regarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in Canada:

Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice:

Canadian Webinar Series on Implementing the WHO Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV

Register here:

Webinar ID: 958-488-283


WHO Consolidated Guideline Executive summary:

Links to past webinars in the series:

Trauma and Violence Aware Care:

Supporting Safe HIV Disclosure:


The World Health Organization Consolidated guideline on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women living with HIV is grounded in and advocates for a strengthened, comprehensive, woman-centred approach to SRHR. The guideline outlines evidence-based recommendations and good practice statements for key operational and service delivery issues that need to be addressed in order to uphold human rights and promote gender equality. Unique to the development of this guideline, a global community survey was conducted on the SRHR priorities of women living with HIV. It highlighted challenges experienced by women living with HIV in recognizing the right to pursue their fertility goals, including planning for safer pregnancies, spacing desired pregnancies, and preventing unintended pregnancies.

In Canada, despite the benefits that adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) offers in terms of increasing life expectancy and supporting improved fertility for women living with HIV, reproductive decision-making is complex. Many women need to navigate structural and societal stigma and inequities that shape their decision making regarding contraceptive choice and uptake, safer pregnancy and other related SRH services. At the same time, many women living with HIV need to navigate social norms and expectations linked to being fertile, as well as what it means to be a “good” mother.

In response to the need for better guidance on how to support the reproductive rights, goals and planning of women living with HIV within communities, as well as service and care provision, this webinar highlights current strategies, challenges, and opportunities to support the reproductive health and rights of women and girls living with HIV within a reproductive justice framework. The webinar brings together perspectives from women living with HIV, front-line community workers, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers who will share key considerations and highlight research and service gaps and the importance of integrating principles of the Meaningful Involvement of Women Living with HIV (MIWA) when designing interventions and recognizing women’s resilience.

You are warmly invited to join this webinar on Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, (in English) Wednesday, January 24th 2018: 9:00-10:30 PST, 12:00 -13: 30 EST, and 18:00 -19:30PM in Geneva.

Webinar Objectives:

The overall goal of the webinar series is to support implementation of the WHO consolidated guidelines on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV.

Specific objectives include to:

• Provide an overview of new WHO recommendations on elective C-section and safe abortion for women living with HIV as well as current research about the reproductive health of women living with HIV in the Canadian context using data from the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS);

• Introduce guidelines and a toolkit developed by clinicians, women living with HIV and stakeholders for health and social service providers to support reproductive health and rights within a reproductive justice framework; including the newly updated Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines (2018) and the Supporting Mothers in Ways that Work: A Resource Toolkit for Service Providers Working with Mothers Living with HIV (2016);

• Gain insights from women living with HIV to highlight gaps in research and priority areas for further attention;

• Develop an action plan on to support the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in the Canadian context, including actions to support the reproductive health, rights, and justice of women living with HIV.


Please follow this link to register for the webinar:

Webinar ID: 958-488-283

Webinar Speakers:

Deborah Money (Moderator)

Deborah is the Executive Vice Dean at the UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine and School of Population and Public Health. In addition to developing a provincial women centred program of care for pregnant women living with HIV, she has been a leader in development of guidelines for the care of women related to infectious diseases including HIV. She has been a long standing advocate for improving women’s health locally, nationally and internationally.

Valerie Nicholson

A Spirited Indigenous Warrior Woman: Valerie became active in HIV/AIDS in 2008, 2 years after her HIV diagnosis, and was the first Indigenous women to Chair the Board Of Positive Living B.C. She is currently the Indigenous Peer Navigator for Positive Living, Co-Chair of Red Road HIV/AIDS Network, Board Member of AIDS Vancouver, a member of Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network, CTN'S Prevention and Vulnerable Populations Working Group.

Manjulaa Narasimhan

Manjulaa coordinates WHO's work on strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV interventions – at advocacy, policy, programmatic and research levels. This includes the development of WHO global guidance and tools on the SRHR for women living with HIV as well as the SRHR of adolescent girls and young women.

Krysta Williams

Krysta is the Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Krysta is of the Delaware Nation from Moravian of the Thames First Nation. She currently volunteers with the National Pregnancy Options Infoline, a free 24/7 link to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Krysta received an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo.

Brittany Cameron

Brittany Cameron describes herself as an HIV Positive Mother, Wife, LGTBQ* Ally, and Human Rights Activist. She is a Peer Engagement Worker at PARN, where she works with people living with HIV assisting them as they build their skills and capacity to facilitate programs, while also creating events and conferences in order to educate and strengthen the community. Brittany is a Graduate of The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI).

Angela Kaida

Angela is an epidemiologist and Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University whose global research program centers on a rights-based, evidence-informed, and community-driven approach to sexual and reproductive health among women and youth affected by HIV.

Mona Loutfy

Mona is a professor and Clinician Scientist at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto. She launched the Women and HIV Research Program at the Women’s College Research Institute in 2006 to carry out social justice research related to women, reproductive health, stigma, quality of care and HIV & HCV. She works from a community-based research model involving the people that her research will affect at all stages.

Saara Greene

Saara is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She is involved in a few community-based HIV/AIDS research studies funded by CIHR and the OHTN. Her main activist and research activities are focused on highlighting the pregnancy and mothering experiences and needs of women living with HIV. Her most recent research projects include ‘The Positive Parenting Pilot Project’, Women, ART and the Criminalization of HIV (WATCH) and CHIWOS.

Frederique Chabot

Frédérique is the Director of Health Promotion at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. She is responsible for domestic campaigns, the development of information products and resources, including public awareness tools, as well as identifying research, policy development and engagement opportunities in the domestic context. She is currently a board member at POWER, a local sex worker rights organization.

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