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The COVID-19 pandemic has gendered effects. Women, especially women of colour, Indigenous women, and low-income women, are particularly susceptible to contracting the disease, as well as to economic instability and curtailed access to services and resources. Trans and gender diverse peoples also face heightened risks due to widespread discrimination and stigma. However, men are more likely than women to be seriously ill and die from COVID-19.

This primer provides a summary of how gender impacts the ways the COVID-19 crisis is experienced, including key resources for further reading, and the implications for policy and action during and after the pandemic.

Funding rolling out to support shelters and sexual assault organizations

As Canada faces the unprecedented public health challenges related to COVID-19, our government will ensure that the response continues to support the most vulnerable.

We have asked Canadians to stay home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But we know that not every home is safe and that instances of gender-based violence spike during times of hardship, stress and crisis. To those experiencing domestic violence and gender-based violence: you do not have to stay home. Speak to someone you trust and seek help. You are not alone.

We also understand that shelters and other support organizations across the country are facing this challenging time with limited resources and that many of these organizations do not have reserve funds to deal with such unexpected situations.

That’s why the Prime Minister announced support for shelters and sexual assault organizations as part of our government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This funding includes up to $10 million that will be provided to Indigenous Services Canada to support its existing network of 46 First Nations emergency shelters on reserve and in Yukon. Up to $30 million of the funding to WAGE will address immediate needs of shelters and sexual assault centres.

The funding for WAGE is being distributed as follows:

  • $20.54 million to Women’s Shelters Canada to distribute to over 420 violence against women shelters across Canada;
  • Another $3 million to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to distribute to approximately 90 sexual assault centres across the country; and
  • A further $6.46 million will flow to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres in Québec, through an agreement between Canada and Québec.

Given the need to provide emergency funding support as quickly and efficiently as possible, there is no call for proposals. WAGE worked with provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as Women’s Shelters Canada and the Canadian Women’s Foundation to identify women’s shelters and sexual assault centres in each jurisdiction eligible for funding as well as to issue payments.

The Government of Canada understands that vulnerable Canadians, including women, are disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. That’s why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced $350 million to charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund. This funding will help them continue their work supporting vulnerable populations, including women, seniors, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, veterans, newcomers, children and youth, and members of Indigenous communities and racialized communities, such as Black Canadians.

Charitable organizations and non-profit organizations can also seek support through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy , which provides a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks. This funding will help to prevent job losses and encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. This funding will be retroactive to March 15, 2020.

In addition, I want to reassure you that the Government of Canada’s work to advance gender equality continues to move ahead. We have plans in place to ensure that existing funding to women’s and equality seeking organizations is not disrupted. Also,  the deadline for the LGBTQ2 call for proposals has been extended. WAGE is sensitive to the additional challenges many organizations are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have concerns about your ability to meet requirements of funding agreements or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us:

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I know that organizations are facing challenging times and there is a great deal of uncertainty. My message to you is the same as my message to anyone facing gender-based violence across the country: you are not alone and we will continue to be here for you. We will get through this together.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

GENDER EQUALITY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Supporting women’s shelters and sexual assault centres during COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period, the Government of Canada is supporting women and children fleeing violence by providing up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres. Learn more

Currently Accepting Applications: LGBTQ2 Capacity Building Fund – DEADLINE EXTENDED
Funds are available to support LGBTQ2S organizations across the country whose initiatives contribute to a strong LGBTQ2 movement in Canada to advance equality for all people. Learn more

Given several organizations have indicated that they are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Women and Gender Equality Canada is extending the deadline for the LGBTQ2 Call for Proposals to May 14, 2020, 11:59 a.m. (Pacific Time).

The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate impact on women. There is a serious risk that the pandemic could erase gains that have been made towards gender equality in Canada.

NGO CSW NY’s (NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York) April’s Monthly Meeting addressed COVID-19 and its impact on gender and the feminist and women’s movement.

You can view the meeting’s detailed program with the speakers’ bios and read the minutes. You can also view the Padlet from the meeting.

You can watch the video on Youtube, Facebook or as an mp4 file.

COVID-19 and Feminist Action Recommendations and Resources

Read the recommendations and review the resources that were shared during the meeting, including those by the featured speakers and attendees.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It’s a profound shock to our societies and economies. It has drastically altered everyday life as we know. And while we are all in it together, as it happens in any crisis or pandemic, women are being impacted by COVID-19 in different and less visible ways.

Findings from a new Canadian report show that five years after graduation from publicly funded colleges and universities, women earn less than men in every credential (e.g. college certificates, doctoral degrees) and every field of study (e.g. sciences, humanities, engineering).

This Issue from The Learning Network addresses the topic of gender equity in Canada, and it explores how gender intersects with other systems of marginalization to produce unique challenges for achieving a fair and equal society.

The Coalition to Empower Gender Equality is actively recruiting volunteers to serve as part of the Coalition Working Group to develop the terms of reference, mission, values and scope of the Coalition with the end goal of establishing a board.

In order to develop these guiding principles the Coalition is issuing a call for volunteer Gender Equality champions to make these essential decisions.

5 Massey lectures of Sally Armstrong

Power Shift: The Longest Revolution

Acclaimed journalist Sally Armstrong argues gender inequality comes at too high a cost for all of us.

Below in italics is a snippet of this amazing Grade 7 student from Aurora’s presentation on sexism:
“Imagine a world where success and well-being were not based on your gender, skin colour, but on abilities and strengths. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?” Allen asked her schoolmates.
“One of the biggest factors that is keeping us from having a world like this is sexism.”

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