Why a Feminist Economic Recovery Plan is Essential to Advancing Gender Equality

Why a Feminist Economic Recovery Plan is Essential to Advancing Gender Equality

Women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people have been at the forefront of Canada’s pandemic response and women need to be centered in Canada’s economic recovery efforts going forward.

56% of women workers are concentrated in occupations known as the 5Cs: caring, cashiering, catering, cleaning and clerical functions. Many of them are the essential workers folks call heroes, but neglect to provide protection or benefits. Women have also borne the brunt of the economic losses.

Within Canada, in March 2020, women represented 70% of all job losses in the core demographic aged 25 to 54 years. 1 in 5 women workers lost their jobs or the majority of their hours in February and March.

Instead of giving in to the urge to cut government spending, now is the time to invest in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

YWCA Canada has launched 'A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone', an 8-point plan to advance gender equity in the post-pandemic recovery.

Read the Plan. 

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down, we have a once-in-a-generation moment to reset our society. The Plan offers a fresh approach that thinks about the economy and gender equity together – and it will be the first nationally-focused Feminist Economic Recovery Plan in the country to do so. 


The eight pillars of the Plan include:

1) Intersectionality: Understanding Power
2) Addressing Root Causes of Systemic Racism
3) Care Work is Essential Work
4) Investing in Good Jobs
5) Fighting the Shadow Pandemic
6) Bolstering Small Businesses
7) Strengthening Infrastructure for Recovery
8) Diverse Voices in Decisions

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