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Prostitution Stigma and its Effect on the Working Conditions, Personal Lives and Health of Sex Workers

Cecilia Benoit, PhD, Department of Sociology and Centre for Addictions Research of BC, UVic

Friday, April 13: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Cecilia Benoit, PhD, was born and raised in Newfoundland, with Mi’kmaw and French ancestry. She is a scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at UVic. Her research examines the multiple dimensions of health inequities embedded in laws, policies, programs and research agendas and searches for evidence-based solutions. In addition to research focused on the historically-suppressed occupation of midwifery and the organization of maternity care in Canada and internationally, she has been involved in a variety of projects that employ mixed methodologies to investigate the social determinants of health inequities of marginalized groups, including Aboriginal women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, young people confronting health stigmas linked to obesity and asthma, street-involved youth in transition to adulthood, pregnant women and their families dealing with poverty, substance use and other challenges, and people involved in the sex industry. Cecilia is currently leading two CIHR-funded projects that adopt an intersectionality lens: “Team Grant on contexts of vulnerabilities, resiliencies and care among people in the sex industry” (2011-2017) and “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act: A structural intervention impacting health equity for sex workers” (2016-2018).

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