The Gendered Impact of COVID-19


Equal Pay Day Virtual Rally

This is a recording of Canada’s Equal Pay Day rally 2020, held on 4 April 2020. Under COVID-19 physical distancing directives, we can’t come together in person, but we’re still out coast-to-coast-to-coast to close the gender pay gap. The pandemic has shown that we can do things differently. Welcome to the Equal Pay Coalition’s first Equal Pay Day Virtual Rally. Come plan a future that delivers economic security for women and real community care.

Rally MCs: Fay Faraday & Jan Borowy, Co-Chairs, Equal Pay Coalition

Speakers: Marie Clarke Walker (Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress); Patty Coates (President, Ontario Federation of Labour); Diana Day (Lead Matriarch, Pacific Association of First Nations Women); Deb De Angelis (Regional Director & National Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, United Food & Commercial Workers Canada); Aja Mason (Director, Yukon Status of Women Council); Pam Frache ($15andFairness Organizer); Andrea Sobko (Counsel, Ontario Nurses Association); Pam Parkes (CUPE Local 6364); Johanne Perron (New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition)


Taking Stock & Resetting the Discussion

This webinar examined the intersecting discriminatory impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers Pam Palmater (Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University), El Jones (Poet, Educator and Journalist), Bonnie Brayton (DAWN Canada, Executive Director), Angella MacEwen (Economist, Canadian Union of Public Employees) and Independent Senator Frances Lankin discuss the deep roots of systemic discrimination and colonialism that must be addressed to build an economy that leaves no one behind and identify opportunities for change and mobilization.

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The Care Economy

12 August 2020: Webinar
This webinar examines the “care economy” broadly defined as both as a site of struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic and as a site where women have real leverage to make deep systemic change. Speakers Pat Armstrong (York University, Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology), Carol Couchie (National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, Co-chair), Shirley Dorismond (Fédération Interprofessionelle de la Santé du Québec, Vice-Présidente), Diana Da Silva (Caregivers Action Centre, Coordinator) and Alana Powell (Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Executive Coordinator), address COVID-19 and the crisis in long-term care; Indigenous women, health work and colonialism; systemic racism and health care; migrant care workers; and childcare and decent care for childcare workers. They ask the big questions: How can we reimagine care as work and position mutual care as a foundational value to dismantle systemic discrimination? How is care – and how we think about it – central to building an economy that leaves no one behind?

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Decolonizing the Economy

This webinar, held on 29 September 2020, critically addresses how colonialism shapes the economy, our relationships and what it means to indigenize the economy. Speakers Delee Alexis Nikal (Wet’suwet’en woman, Gidimt’en clan, advocate for Indigenous Rights & MMIWG2S), Dodie Ferguson (Cowessess First Nation, Executive Member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Saskatchewan Federation of Labour). Lindsay Kretschmer (Executive Director of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council) and Tamsin Fitzgerald (Policy Analyst with Les Femmes Michif Opitemisiwak/Women of the Métis Nation) break down why talking about “decolonizing the economy” is a problematic frame and identify priorities for concrete action to indigenize the economy.

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Anti-Oppression and the Green Economy

This webinar, held on 21 October 2020, examines the connection between Anti-Oppression and the Green Economy and discusses strategies to build an green economy that leaves no one behind. The speakers are Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous human rights and environmental activist; Harsha Walia, activist & BC Civil Liberties Association Executive Director; Patricia Chong, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance; Lylou Sehili, La Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social (CEVES); and Meg Gingrich, Researcher, United Steelworkers.

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Integrating Core Principles of a Feminist Economy

This is the fifth of six recorded webinars in the series RISING TOGETHER – Women for a Just Economy. This webinar, held on 4 November 2020, is called Integrating Core Principles of a Feminist Economy. Our speakers on this webinar are Armine Yalnizyan (Economist and Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers), Dr. Ingrid Waldron (Associate Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Health), Anjum Sultana (YWCA Canada, National Director of Public Policy), Sarah Jama (Disability Justice Network of Ontario co-founder) and Sussanne Skidmore (BC Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer). Discussing issues of childcare, environmental racism, social determinants of health, disability justice, and worker rights, this webinar draws together a number of themes from the previous webinars to demonstrate how they create a multi-dimensional vision of a just economy that leaves no one behind.

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