Let’s talk about gender
Gender identity and expression is a determinant of health and an important community conversation. Health outcomes are at risk when your gender limits your access to services, education, employment, housing and social inclusion. Gender identity is “who you know yourself to be”. A person’s gender identity may be male, female, or it may be somewhere in between, including “neither” or “both”. People may choose to express their gender to others through clothing, hairstyle, behaviours or the name you go by.
Is gender a human right?
Yes. The Ontario Human Rights Commission added explicit protection for gender identity and gender expression to the Code in 2012. The Human Rights Code prohibits gender discrimination and harassment in employment, services (including education, policing, health care, restaurants, shopping malls, etc.), housing, contracts and membership in vocational associations.
What is in our community to support gender equity?
Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada
§ Girls Inc. supports gender as a determinant of health through programs and services specifically for girls between the ages of 6-18. They are supporting girls to realize their own potential – Strong, Smart and Bold!
§ Every Tuesday at the Brockville Public Library 4-5:30pm; Contact Brandy @ 613-342-3936 or Linda @ [email protected]
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Sexual Health Clinics