The Ontario Women's Study (OWS) originated in the community among a number of community organizations that recognized the lack of understanding of the vulnerabilities to HIV experienced by women from diverse groups.
The Ontario Women’s Study (OWS) is an important, province-wide research initiative that will listen to the voices of women from diverse communities in Ontario, Canada to:
- document women’s understandings of HIV acquisition and the social, structural, racialised, gender-based and economic factors that influence women’s individual HIV-related risk behaviours;
- determine best practices for reducing HIV among different populations of women living in Ontario; and
- transfer this knowledge to decision makers at all levels of government to drive enhanced HIV prevention policies and programming for women in Ontario and Canada.
The OWS was funded by a provincial research body, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the study is being managed by a large team including representatives from the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, Women's College Research Institute, Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre, the 519 Community Centre, Asian Community AIDS Services, among many others.