Beyond the Binary in BC
Taking a patient-oriented and trauma-informed approach to building partnerships and dialogue to incorporate gender equity into women’s health research
Dedicated women’s health research is a relatively recent milestone. Yet, people across the gender spectrum benefit from research framed as “women’s” health. Available guidance for including trans, non-binary, and intersex people in this work has not acknowledged the social, historical and political contexts that led to centering cisgender women (women whose gender aligns with their gender assigned at birth) in “women’s” health research.
Beyond the Binary is a multi-stakeholder, participatory project intended to inform guidance for gender-equitable practice within BC’s women’s health research community. Through collaboration with people from trans, non-binary, intersex, Two-Spirit, queer, research, health, ethics, and academic communities, we aim to develop context-specific guidance, resources, and recommendations for researchers and health decision-makers.
Toward these objectives, Beyond the Binary will:
- Distribute a survey to assess current gender-equity research initiatives across BC and identify multiple strategies and perspectives for generating gender-equitable research practices.
- Facilitate two educational workshops for researchers and trainees on the topics of sexual and gender minority populations and trauma and resiliency informed practice.
- Create two knowledge exchange activities to facilitate dialogue on gender-equitable practice among diverse stakeholders and communities.
The Women’s Health Research Institute, alongside other health research stakeholders, have organizational commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These commitments are not attainable without examining institutionalized activities and practices that perpetuate colonial, cissexist, heterocentric, ableist, patriarchal white supremacy. Thus, we are excited that Beyond the Binary will contribute to this conversation and be the catalyst for the development of gender-equitable research practices across BC.
Dr. Angela Kaida
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU | Scientific Advisory, Women’s Health Research Institute
Patient and Community Engagement Specialist, BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre
Interim Knowledge Translation Manager, Women’s Health Research Institute
Julia Santana Parrilla
Dr. Lori Brotto
Dr. Skye Barbic
Dr. Michelle Chan
Dr. Liisa Galea
Dr. Lorraine Greaves
Dr. Ann Pederson
Dr. Wendy Robinson
Dr. Caroline Sanders
Dr. Gavin C.E. Stuart
Dr. Saraswathi Vedam
Beyond the Binary Research Assistant, University of British Columbia
Beyond the Binary Project Researcher, University of British Columbia
Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Communications Coordinator, Women’s Health Research Institute
Director, Office of Regional and International Community Engagement, University of British Columbia
Research Lead, Foundry
Research Ethics Coordinator, Compliance & Outreach, University of British Columbia
Trainee, University of Northern British Columbia
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia
Director, Research Ethics, University of British Columbia
Head of the Women’s Health Research Cluster, University of British Columbia
Senior Investigator, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Trainee, University of British Columbia
Knowledge Translation Coordinator, Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital
Director, Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital
Associate Director, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia
Professor and Interim Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia
Lead Investigator at The Birthplace Lab