We Need a Feminist Approach to Addressing COVID-19
COVID-19 doesn't discriminate, however, systemic inequities mean that women, girls and gender-diverse people are being disproportionately impacted by pandemic. We are already seeing an increased need to address gender-based violence, improve access to economic security and invest in essential services. firma la peticiónfirma la petición
To heal our nation and alleviate existing economic and social ills, the federal government must take a feminist approach to our recovery that includes:
Establish Paid Sick Leave for All Workers — Women disproportionately work in jobs, that are less likely to have paid sick leave. We need 21 days of paid job-protected sick leave for all federally regulated workers and influence all provincial and territorial partners to follow suit.
Fund Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers — The government must provide funding to pay for emergency child care programs and work with provinces and territories to sustain licensed child care programs.
Take a Gendered Approach to Address Homelessness — Women's homelessness was already a crisis prior COVID-19. The government must enact measures to equitably protect women, girls, children, and gender diverse peoples experiencing homelessness.
Create a $10 Billion Emergency Fund for Charities and Non-Profits — The government needs to support community-based organizations to sustain operations, preserve infrastructure, enable essential service delivery and keep people employed during this pandemic.
Urge the Canadian government to adopt a feminist approach to COVID-19!