The 5 most notable announcements of International Women’s Day this year

From a $10 billion corporate investment in Black women to the members of Ottawa’s Task Force on Women in the Economy, International Women’s Day this year was memorable.

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has widened existing inequalities, especially at the intersection of gender and race. Women are far more likely to lose their jobs, be abused, or lose access to economic opportunities during the pandemic.

On International Women’s Day this year, separating the COVID-19 pandemic from ongoing discrimination against women and girls was effectively impossible. 

The story of women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic has been told through dismal economic research, the lack of affordable childcare options, rising domestic violence rates, and disproportionate layoff notices. Still, every day, women and girls write their own chapters: in the bravery of healthcare workers, the inspiring leadership of women in the social sector, and the guidance of women experts at the highest levels of the Canadian government. 

We’ve rounded up some of the most notable announcements around International Women’s Day this week from corporations, unions, and the federal government: 

 

Ottawa unveils Task Force on Women in the Economy

Women, especially young

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