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

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-August 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


Left behind: Two decades of economic progress for single mothers at risk of being wiped out – Analysis from Behind the Numbers, CCPA’s blog

Tracking women’s economic recovery – Analysis from Behind the Numbers, CCPA’s blog

Towards a More Equal Recovery

Plans and reports

A Feminist Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone by the YWCA and the Institute for Gender and the Economy, offers an 8-point plan to tackle systemic barriers and improve economic security for women, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people. 
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.
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.]

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.  

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


Other resources

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.  
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