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Canada's Feminist Response and Recovery Summit

COVID-19 is the most serious public health crisis Canada has ever faced. It has laid bare fundamental gaps in our society and disproportionately impacted those who were already marginalized, vulnerable or struggling. Women have been on the front lines of this crisis, facing steep job losses and taking on more unpaid work. Women also represent the majority of essential workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID.

The Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit will bring together politicians, experts, feminist leaders and those with lived experience to examine how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of women in Canada. It will focus on the steps that governments, civil society and all Canadians can take to ensure an inclusive recovery by advancing gender equality.

Speaker Highlights

The Hon. Maryam Monsef
Minister for Women and Gender Equality
and Minister of Rural and Economic
The Hon. Jean Augustine
Former Minister of State
(Multiculturalism and Status
of Women)
The Hon. Monique Bégin
Executive Secretary Royal Commission on the Status of Women

Former Minister of Health and Welfare
Senator Chantal Petitclerc
Senator and Paralympian
Angela Marie MacDougall
Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services
Sarah Kaplan
Founding Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Over two days, you will learn about key issues facing women impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Black and racialized women, Indigenous women; women with disabilities; LGBTQ2 individuals; senior women; women in rural and remote areas; immigrant and newcomer women; and young women. The online summit will look at issues faced by women’s and equality-seeking organizations. Through presentations and interactive sessions, you will:

  • Learn and discuss how COVID-19 and related public health measures are impacting women and the women’s and equality-seeking sectors.
  • Be part of engaging discussions on the role of child care, good jobs, and other initiatives in Canada’s inclusive recovery.
  • Examine how, done right, our response and recovery can help advance gender equality and grow the economy over the long term.


Haven’t registered to participate in Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit?

Click here to watch the Webcast of plenary sessions and select concurrent sessions, starting at 1pm EST on Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9, 2021!


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