[Sjsall] upcoming event and request

Dear Friends of SJS,

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

3-4 pm EDT

Livestream: "A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan For Canada"


Synopsis: In Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on women, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people, especially those who are Black, Indigenous, or people of colour. For example, over half of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada have been experienced by women, and at the same time, they have faced disproportionate job loss, an increase in domestic violence due to lockdowns, and an increase in unpaid work. YWCA Canada and The Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have partnered to create a feminist economic recovery plan for Canada, which proposes a new path forward for Canada’s economy – one that focuses on changing the structures and barriers that have made some groups more vulnerable to the pandemic and its fallout than others. This panel event will launch the plan alongside a discussion with leading experts on the need for a feminist economic recovery.

Please sign our Open Letter on Basic Income: A Case... for Women

Dear friends and colleagues

We want our government leaders to know how important a basic income is for women’s lives and for gender equity. We hope you will add your support. This link takes you to the Statement on Basic Income: A Case for Women along with a form to sign on as an individual or on behalf of an organization.

It is clear that COVID-19 has intensified systemic issues affecting women, including a surge in domestic violence and unpaid caring work. The pandemic has also magnified weaknesses in Canada’s income security programs that leave individuals and families behind. A basic income ensures everyone can meet their needs.

Our initial signatories include Senators, a former Secretary of State for the Status of Women, feminist activists, women of different ages and backgrounds, researchers, and participants in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Please join them, and other women and allies who have already started to sign up, by filling out the form that follows the letter.

We hope you will share this message with anyone you know in women’s and other social justice movements to continue to grow the support base. We are collecting signatures until Aug 14, 2020.

The women’s case shows how much all our lives depend on women—their income security must be a priority in a just recovery.

(This case for women is part of a series highlighting sector support for a basic income guarantee. Public health sector support has been long-standing. Most recently, The Case for Basic Income for the Arts was made to the Prime Minister with 300 individual and organizational signatures representing 75,000 arts and culture workers.)

We are exceedingly grateful to you for providing your support and for encouraging others to do so as well.

Barb Boraks (Ontario Basic Income Network)

Sheila Regehr (Basic Income Canada Network)

Tracy Smith Carrier (Ontario Basic Income Network)

Chloe Halpenny (Basic Income Canada Youth Network)

On behalf of the organizing team and the many contributors to this initiative

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

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