COVID-19, Mental Health, and Racialized Women in the Workforce

This project explores the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on racialized women in the workforce in Ontario. As groups overrepresented in poverty rates, unemployment rates, and low-waged and precarious work prior to the pandemic, racialized women are more likely to experience poor or negative mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in Canada during a worldwide mental health crisis, racialized women have yet to be the focus of any serious study related to mental health in the pandemic. Our research provides a critical examination of the mental health experiences of these women and seeks to understand what coping mechanisms and services should be encouraged both immediately and in the long-term future. Islamic Relief Canada will also benefit from these findings as they will inform our programs and be compiled within a report that will be distributed to our donors and community members, many of whom are racialized women in the workforce themselves.

Grace Barakat
Faculty Supervisor: 
Brenda Spotton Visano
Partner University: