Issues and Resources for Feminist Law Reform in a time of COVID-19

Introduction

It is increasingly evident that COVID-19 is having a disproportionately negative impact on all women, and particularly women experiencing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, as well as on members of other disadvantaged groups within Canadian society. For instance, the vast majority of COVID-19 related deaths in Canada have occurred in long-term care homes, where over two-thirds of residents are women and 90% of paid staff are women, the majority of women are often black and racialized women, many already experiencing precarious and unsafe working conditions. In Montreal for example, “80% of workers in long term care facilities are racialized women”. Not surprisingly, the pandemic has exacerbated problems of violence, inadequate access to income support, child care, housing, health and social services, racism and other forms of systemic inequality that pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The following are a list of issues and resources of particular interest in the context of COVID-19 and the current feminist law reform climate. 

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Systemic Discrimination and the Impact of COVID-19

Letter sent by NAWL to the Prime Minister from women’s rights and equality seeking groups on feminist policy making in the context of COVID-19

National Association of Women and the Law


Statement - Inequality amplified by COVID-19 crisis

Canadian Human Rights Commission


How Women Will Bear the Brunt of This Pandemic

Moira Wyton


Systemic Discrimination in Government Services and Programs andIts Impact on First Nations Peoples During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anne Levesque and Sophie Thériault

in Colleen M Flood et al, eds, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2020) 381-392.

Not All in This Together: Disability Rights and COVID-19

Tess Sheldon and Ravi Malhotra

in Colleen M Flood et al, eds, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2020) 419-432.

Spread of Anti-Asian Racism: Prevention and Critical Race Analysis in Pandemic

Jamie Chai Yun Liew

in Colleen M Flood et al, eds, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19  (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2020) 393-406.

Core Funding for Women’s Organizations

NAWL and CRIAW Proposal for Support to Equality Seeking Women’s Groups in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Association of Women and the Law and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women


Violence Against Women

Women’s Shelters, Transition Houses Scrambling to Cope with COVID-19

Moira Wyton


Why is the COVID-19 Pandemic Linked to More Gender-Based Violence?

Andrew Gunraj & Jessica Howard


Women's Work

Resetting Normal: Funding a Thriving Women's Sector

Canadian Women's Foundation


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