Unequal Impacts of COVID-19 & Towards a More Equal Recovery

Towards a More Equal Recovery

Plans and reports

Women, work and COVID-19: Priorities for supporting women and the economy, by CCPA, looks at the ongoing impact of COVID-19, evaluates measures taken to respond to needs, and demands fundamental systemic change moving forward.
A Feminist Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyoneby the YWCA and the Institute for Gender and the Economyoffers an 8-point plan to tackle systemic barriers and improve economic security for women, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people.

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Human Rights Approach, by FAFIA and the YWCA, argues that Canada’s path to a meaningful COVID-19 recovery must include an intersectional feminist and human rights lens. 

Resetting Normal is series of reports on gender equality and the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Resetting Normal: Women, Decent Work and Canada’s Fractured Care Economy explores the pandemic’s impact on women’s work and care work and has recommendations for rebuilding our economy while enhancing justice, equity, and inclusion.

Recovery through Equality: Developing an Inclusive Action Plan for Women in the Economy, by CCPA, CWF and ONN, argues that centering marginalized women and focusing on initiatives in fragile women-majority sectors – many of them undervalued care sectors — can provide women with the broadest and deepest pandemic economic recovery.

The Alternative Federal Budget Recovery plan is a collaborative action plan for a just post-pandemic recovery, which puts child care front and centre. [Child care chapter here.]
Investing in a Feminist Green COVID-19 Recovery is a report from Oxfam Canada that asks for the economic recovery to be linked to poverty reduction in Canada and globally, putting gender equality and feminist leadership at the heart of the response to the pandemic.

Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s ‘deep dive’ on the gendered impact of COVID-19 highlights three initiatives that could begin the work of putting in place policies that ensure equality and help to remedy structural economic disadvantages that occur due to gendered differences. In Childcare in Alberta during and after COVID-19: an economic necessity, they outline the opportunities for Alberta to improve access to quality, affordable child care, and ensure that parents, and especially mothers, can go back to work.  

The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario is a report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with recommendations on how to plan for recovery with women at the table and a gender and diversity lens on strategies, programs and policies. 
Engaging lived and living expertise in COVID-19 recovery planning is a submission by the Maytree Foundation to the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Consultation.

Media and Opinion

Unequal impacts of COVID-19

Selection of COVID-19-focused articles and analysis from the Women’s Centre’s Social Issues Readings, a curated list of articles and analysis on a variety of issues, including gender (in)equality, the environment and Indigenous issues (March-October 2020)

Unequal Impacts of Covid-19

Racialized and immigrant communities

Indigenous communities


Towards a more equitable post-COVID recovery  


Experiences of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic – Statistics Canada report on their crowdsourcing initiative to gather Canadians’ experiences of discrimination

The Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous PeoplesSubmission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Native Women’s Association of Canada

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada – Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by FAFIA and Dr. Pamela Palmater

Poverty Pandemic Watch: The Effects of Poverty During COVID-19  A report from the national advocacy organization Canada Without Poverty


Other resources

Resources on Gender-Based Violence and the COVID-19 pandemic – a centralized hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence and the COVID-19 pandemic from across Canada, hosted by the Learning Network, based at Western University.

Feminist Resources on the Pandemic – a collection of articles and web resources, curated by the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

From Insights to Action: Gender Equity in the Wake of COVID-19 summarizes the data, research and policy work produced by UN Women on the impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including how it is affecting extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care and violence against women and girls globally.

The Women’s Centre does not specifically endorse the organizations or messages included in the resource links above.

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