Intersectional Gender Oppressions: Immigrants and Refugees Living with HIV/Risk in Canada (79541)

Session Information: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Session Chair: Rita Dhungel

Saturday, 25 May 2024 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This presentation examines the intersectional gender oppression that immigrant and refugee women living with HIV/risk endure. A comprehensive systematic study was conducted to obtain critical knowledge of the ways that sexism, racism, and social stigma interact to heighten the vulnerability of racialized immigrant and refugee women living with HIV/risk in Canada. 19 of the 588 unique studies that were found through database searches and other techniques fit the predetermined inclusion criteria. With an emphasis on the dual experiences of GBV and HIV/risk that immigrant and refugee women encounter, the socio-ecological preventative framework was utilized to analyze the gathered data. The Four major themes emerged in the data analysis, including a) hegemonic masculinity, b) structural violence, c) disparities in health, social services, and supports, and d) deepened social isolation and exclusion. The absence of critical discourse on the experiences, rights, and service needs of racialized IRWLH/HIV-Risk and GBV by researchers, policymakers, health and social service providers, and community actors. It is imperative that future research endeavors concentrate on increasing cognizance about the noteworthy hetero-patriarchal and racist elements that significantly influence these women's lives. The dehumanization of IRWLH/GBV and the monetization of immigrants, refugees, and sex workers necessitate transformative reform to address concerns of racism and objectification of women. Policies and programs should, in general, prioritize the perspectives of racialized IRWLH/HIV-Risk and be grounded in an anti-oppressive, culturally appropriate, and primary preventive approach.

Rita Dhungel, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada.
Liza Lorenzetti, The University of Calgary, Canada
Diane Lorenzetti, The University of Calgary, Candida
Karun Karki, The University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
Sarah Thomas, York University, Canada
Claire McGuinness, The University of Calgary, Canada
Kaleb Suedfeld, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Rita Dhungel is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at University of the Fraser Valley in Canada
Dr Liza Lorenzetti is an activist-educator in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary on Turtle Island (Canada), whose teaching and research is informed by three decades of practice and activism on addressing gender-based violence, wealth inequality, racism and settler colonialism
Dr Diane Lorenzetti is a Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Canada with expertise in evidence synthesis research

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