For Women, by Women, with Women!
The Empress Walk brings awareness to the many culturally diverse women facing barriers to access, quality healthcare and information about high risk diseases, diagnosis and treatment. Poverty, income, status, systemic barriers, financial instability and location are key determining factors to good health.
- By 2031, 3 out of every 10 people will be a women of colour and culture (2011 Statscan)
- 1 in 10 Canadians are poor with 1.5 million women living below the poverty line (Canadian Women's Foundation)
- Black women are 43% more likely to die from cancer over Caucasian women (Marc Hulbert, PhD, Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
- Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in the Americas, including the Caribbean, with 1.3 million lives each year (PAHO, 2013)
- Black immigrants in Canada were 76% more likely to categorize themselves as unhealthy over other ethnic groups (2012 report by the Wellesley Institute)
- About 47% of cancer related deaths occur in The Caribbean and Latin America (PAHO)
- In 2014, Canadians with the lowest incomes were twice as likely to report cardiovascular disease than those with higher incomes (Health Status of Canadians 2016, Ministry of Public Health)
- The proportion of Canadians living with diabetes, 20 years and older, has doubled between 2000 and 2011, from 6% to 10% (Health Status of Canadians 2016, Ministry of Public Health)
Globally, there is an ever-increasing need for resources and therefore, community outreach is important to spreading awareness and developing vital programs to increase women's participation in their own healthcare. It is even more important than ever for culturally diverse women especially to benefit from the latest medical advancements for prevention and early detection in conjunction with holistic practices to better their chances for survival and life expectancy.