About Us

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Amidst growing calls to action in Canada and across the globe, there is a critical opportunity to ensure that rigorous research on gender equity and sexual health drives local, national, and global policies and practice. Gender equity and sexual health transcend borders as urgent local and global health and human rights priorities that require community, intersectoral, intersectional, and global policy approaches.

CGSHE’s vision and mandate is local to global. We work with colleagues and partner organizations globally across women’s health, LGBTQ/2S health, and sexual and reproductive health and justice. Our visions of gender equity and feminism are intersectional and inclusive of LGBTQ/2S, Black, Indigenous and other racialized people, im/migrant populations, and populations disproportionately criminalized and surveilled (sex workers, parents in poverty, women living with HIV, precariously housed).

Our strategic plan reflects our commitment to ongoing reflexivity in research and ensuring we advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and moving towards anti-oppressive approaches in research, policy and practice within and outside our work. CGSHE is committed to research that contributes to Indigenous reconciliation through conducting research that is framed within the context of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and directly responsive to the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Calls to Justice, and In Plain Sight: Systemic Racism in the BC Health Care System.

Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan was developed through extensive consultations and planning with a broad range of academic, community, policy, and clinical stakeholders and leadership. In September/October 2019, we held a strategic planning retreat facilitated by Sam Bradd of Drawing Change (and illustrator, Tiare Jung) with academic, community, clinical and policy researchers to review and refine our organizational identity and mandate, and set strategic planning priorities and directions for the next five years.


Mission, Vision & Values

Mission: To provide leadership in advancing gender equity and sexual health for all in BC, Canada, and globally through rigorous community-engaged research that meets the highest scientific and ethical standards; evidence-based policy development and advocacy; and fostering the implementation of innovative, patient-centred clinical and community practices through guidelines and education.

Vision: To achieve gender equity and sexual health for all by driving collaborative and cutting-edge research, evidence-based policy, and clinical/community practice in BC, Canada and globally.

Values: The following core values underly all aspects of CGSHE. Our core values underpin our strategic priorities across research, policy and practice realms.

  • Advocacy and Action
  • Anti-Oppression and Indigenous Reconciliation
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity and Rights
  • Innovation
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Partnership and Co-Creation of Knowledge
  • Reproductive Justice
Research Priorities


  • Be a leading academic centre driving gender and sexual health equity research agendas in BC, Canada and globally.
  • Be a catalyst in bringing together interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral researchers and trainees to transform the landscape of gender and sexual health equity research.
  • Advocate for and beyond EDI toward anti-oppressive approaches to research by, with, and for communities.
Policy Priorities


  • Host a robust evidence-based policy program to advance gender equity and sexual health for all.
  • Be a leader in developing and informing evidence-based policy and best practices.
  • Foster collaborative policy development all.
Practice Priorities


  • Foster gender equity and sexual health competency-building throughout the health system.
  • Be a leader in developing and informing evidence-based policy and best practices.
Alignment with UBC, SFU & PHCRI Strategic Plans

Our plan directly aligns with the strategic plans and equity, diversity and inclusion commitments of our host organizations, UBC and SFU. It also aligns with UNDRIP, TRC and MMIWG and the UBC, SFU and PHCRI strategic priorities of interdisciplinary and collaborative clusters, patient-oriented care, social justice, knowledge translation, partnership and experiential learning.