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The Women RISE Initiative health policy and research organization

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to control it have threatened livelihoods, introduced new workplace risks and made unstable work relationships even more precarious, especially for women. To address this, IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have launched Women RISE (Women’s health and economic empowerment for a COVID-19 Recovery that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable) to support global action-oriented, gender-transformative research by teams of researchers from low- and middle-income countries and Canada.

This project is for a health policy and research organization, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), to support the research teams and the Women RISE initiative as a whole. Led by APHRC, the consortium will facilitate knowledge mobilization, capacity strengthening, and networking among the Women RISE research teams. APHRC will enhance and improve the interpretation and translation of research evidence and learning into forms that can support decision-making in health and work policy and practice. Ultimately, this will strengthen how countries and regions prevent, prepare, respond and initiate recovery mechanisms to address health crises.

Project ID
Project Status
30 months
IDRC Officer
Montasser Kamal
Total Funding
CA$ 1,000,000.00
Global Health
Women RISE
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Patterson Siema
African Population and Health Research Centre