Forum #1: Impact of COVID-19 on Women and

the Economy

Seven 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, The Prosperity Project and Canadian Women's Foundation innovative approaches 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". (See resources page)

Forum #2: Impact of Women Leaders on COVID-19 and the Feminist Movement

Women’s leadership has come to the forefront during COVID-19 — from the frontlines in healthcare to the front pages of global news as Public Health Officers and Prime Ministers. Liverpool University studied some 200 countries, 19 of which were led by women, during the first quartile of COVID-19 asking the question: “Leading the Fight Against the Pandemic: Does Gender ‘Really’ Matter?"


Co-author Dr. Supriya Garikipati will open FORUM#2. Fellow panellists will include activists and academics who were at the Beijing 1995 World Women’s Conference, a First Nations Regional Chief, Canada’s first Black woman in the House of Commons, and next generation leaders from Equal Voice and the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. 


Add your voice. Upload your experience on our web under ‘Case Study’. Results from the Forum will be compiled into a Final Report to the Minister in advance of UN-CSW65 and the GEF 2021 propelling parity towards achieving global Sustainable Development Goals 2030.