National Women’s Health Research Initiative: Ideas Fair and Learning Circle
Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual Ideas Fair and Learning Circle on October 25- 26 2022, hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health, and Women and Gender Equality Canada. The event hosted over 160 community experts from across Canada and enabled participants to develop their ideas to identify and address community, regional and/or national challenges in women’s health and wellness. Participants were able to network through highly interactive breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to women and gender-diverse peoples' health.
The goals of the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle were to:
- Create an accessible, culturally safe, trauma-informed and non-stigmatizing space for diverse groups of people to meet and share their stories related to navigating women’s health and wellness;
- Provide an opportunity for potential applicants to network, develop their ideas to address challenges navigating women’s health and wellness, and form teams to co-produce the goals and composition of their hub application; and,
- Solicit input from participants on the responsibilities of the coordinating centre and further define its role as the overarching organizing body of the Coalition.
Following the successful completion of the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle, attendees and interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Linkage Tool to connect with individuals and organizations interested in collaborating/networking as a next step in forming a team to apply to the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition funding opportunities.
The first day focused on humility and compassion as we engaged with participants to share their stories and vision for a more robust and responsive women's healthcare system across Canada. Throughout the day, we discussed priority themes, shared more information about the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition and ensured that attendees have a chance to meet and connect with like-minded individuals.
The second day was more operational, focusing on brainstorming solutions to transform women's health in Canada, as well as helpful sessions on submitting a hub application and imagining what the role of the coordinating centre for the Coalition might look like.
The following guiding values were identified for the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle:
- Safety: In this space, people can feel comfortable sharing their stories, in the language of their choice.
- Confidentiality: We only take the themes and issues that are shared, and not the identities of folks who share.
- Respectful attention: We give people the space and attention they need to tell their stories.
- Equality: I am not better than anyone and no one is better than I am.
- Belonging: Each of us holds an important piece of the puzzle.
- Collaborative: We come with open minds and an intention to learn from and work with each other towards a larger cause.
- Inclusivity: We value differences in people and ideas and will ensure that the voices of underrepresented groups, including Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit and urban Indigenous communities), Black, and other women who experience racism, women with disabilities, women experiencing prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization, and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, are heard.
- Respect for Indigenous knowledge: We respect that Indigenous knowledge and practice is complex and diverse, and teachings from this event should not be inappropriately spread or appropriated.
Co-development of Guiding Values
During the event, community experts were asked to make suggestions to collaboratively develop these guiding values for the Ideas Fair. Three values were added:
- Inclusivity and using inclusive language (inclusive to trans, non-binary and gender-fluid folks)
- Resist binary thinking
- Think outside of the box and ask bold questions
Key themes and takeaways were captured through graphic recording, featuring a summary of the plenary sessions held over the two days, as well as a co-developed vision for the Coordinating Centre and Hubs under the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition.
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What We Heard
An event report will be posted shortly.
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