Recent events in the US and subsequent global reactions have brought the stark reality of racism in our society to the forefront. The daily and systemic racism experienced by the Black community has gone on far too long. As an organization dedicated to women’s health, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada knows that implicit bias, stigma and systemic racism leads to inequitable health outcomes and disparities in fundamental rights and opportunities. We also recognize that systemic racism against people of colour, First Nations and Indigenous peoples, new and settled Canadians, refugees and other minority groups continues to erode the constitutional principle of equality in Canada. We advocate for social and reproductive justice, and fair and equitable treatment of all people whatever their religion, gender or colour. We believe that it is our organizational, professional and individual responsibility to speak out for change and not remain silent. As health care professionals, we are leaders in our communities and must use our position and influence to effect change wherever we live and work.
We invite you to share with us your thoughts and observations, your experiences, and your stories of meaningful change. We, as Canadians, must do better.