Women’s Health & Community Development

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The Women’s Health & Community Devlopment program develops and implements health promotion and capacity building activities in response to women’s HIV/AIDS prevention needs, and works to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel. We work with diverse agencies, organizations and groups that serve women and girls in the region in order to advance the Ontario Women and HIV Prevention Initiative.

Our program offers HIV/AIDS prevention education, outreach and support to heterosexual and LGBTQ women in the Region of Peel from an anti-oppressive/anti-racist/anti-homophobic, feminist perspective. This program recognizes the ways in which each woman’s access to sexual health information and healthcare is affected by the social, cultural, political and economic context of her life.

For more information, please contact:

Rajnish Sharma, Women’s Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (905) 361-0523 Ext. 216
Email: rajnishs@phan.ca


The Women’s Health Promotion and Community Education program offers workshops and conducts outreach to women’s groups, service providers, youth groups, schools, community organizations as well as one-on-one education and counseling around sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention.

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That all women have equitable access to sexual health information and healthcare, regardless of ethno-racial identity, class status, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

That our communities recognizes the right of all women to exist free of oppression

That young women participate in learning that will aid them in developing health sexualities and the making of empowered sexual choices for themselves over their lifetimes


Our program strives to reduce the harm associated with HIV/AIDS for all women. We work to educate and raise awareness among women on methods of prevention and ways to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS through community development and outreach.

In acknowledging that women of all ages have the capacity to enhance their quality of life, we will strive:

  • To decrease the stigma and discrimination of women of all ages living with HIV/AIDS
  • To increase the knowledge of women and potential service providers have regarding HIV transmission, prevention and sexual health.
  • To increase the knowledge and skills of young women in addressing HIV transmission and prevention and to encourage the development of healthy, empowered sexualities.
  • To increase knowledge, capacity and program initiatives to address sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention in women’s communities in Peel Region.