COVID-19 crisis response must address gender faultlines

With each passing day, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic is coming into sharper view. Cancelled events, shuttered offices, suspended classes—we are all affected. There is mounting pressure on families and communities, on Canada’s economy and the key support systems in place to protect us.  Women are at the forefront…
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AFB2020 as COVID-19 policy response: A plan to protect workers and the public from an unprecedented crisis

Canada and countries across the globe face a daunting challenge with the advent of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic, as countries the world over try to contain the spread and health authorities race to treat casualties under incredible pressure. These are not…
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Black Women in Canada

This short report examines the experience of Black women and girls in Canada and is part of a larger project examining Canada’s progress on achieving women’s rights and gender equality. No country—including Canada—has finished this agenda as this discussion of Black women and girls reveals. Written by: Jen Katshunga; Notisha…
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What’s next for the new NAFTA? And what, if anything, can Canadians do about it now?

Implementing legislation for the new Canada­–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) is now before the House of Commons. While the U.S. and Mexico have already ratified the deal, our parliamentarians can still examine the 2,000-page text, which will have lasting impacts on many matters far beyond trade. The opposition parties have called for…
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Unfinished Business: Ending violence against women

Violence against women continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations. A report from the World Health Organization makes it clear that: “violence against women is not a small problem that only occurs in some pockets of society, but rather is a global public health problem of…
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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Mourn for the dead, fight like hell for the living

Throughout the federal election, trans issues were rarely mentioned. Despite one party running with an explicit commitment to repeal Canada’s trans rights legislation and another party leader who voted against trans rights, trans issues were not part of the debate—nor was there a real conversation about doing better by, for…
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