Feminist Forums – Impact of COVID-19 on Women and the Economy


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Event Type

Impact of COVID-19 on Women and the Economy

The Forums are open to the public and registration is free. They are put on by WAGE – Women and Gender Equality Canada

Discussions will focus on the obstacles and opportunities that COVID-19 has created for women in the economy and the impact of women in power and leadership on COVID-19 outcomes around the world.

Panelists will include grassroots activists, delegates at the Beijing 1995 World Women’s Conference, a First Nations Regional Chief, Canada’s first Black woman in the House of Commons, an economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, founder of The Prosperity Project, CEO of Canadian Women’s Foundation, academics, and next generation leaders from Equal Voice and the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.Â

The outcome of the panel discussions and feedback provided by participants through the Feminist Forum website will be of great relevance to the development of national commitments in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) including the Feminist Movements and Leadership Action Coalition which Canada co-leads.

We hope you will join these discussions and share your thoughts on these important topics.

Eight dynamic speakers will discuss the obstacles and opportunities COVID-19 has created for women in the economy. Youth, grassroots activists and new Canadian panellists will challenge thinking from intersectional perspectives. The importance of First Nation women’s leadership, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s innovative approach to COVID recovery will deepen the discussion.

The private sector has contributed studies on the impact of COVID-19 on women in the workforce. For example, McKinsey & Company/LeanIn annual report on “Women in the Workplace” maps realities in the pandemic era and the Royal Bank of Canada Report “Pandemic Threatens Decades of Women’s Labour Force Gains” highlights challenges.”

Propelling the women’s movement forward, YWCA Canada in collaboration with the Gender and the Economy Institute at Rotman published a challenge to Canada to build a ‘new normal’ post-COVID: “A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada”.

Register here.