Impacts of COVID-19 on women in the workforce

Smiling headshots of Jennifer Gordon and Rosalind Gunn.
Rosalind Gunn (YWCA Cambridge) and Jennifer Gordon (YW Kitchener-Waterloo) spoke with CKMS about the impacts of the global pandemic their organizations have seen on women in the workplace. Images courtesy of Rosalind Gunn and Jennifer Gordon.
Krista Henry - CKMS - KitchenerON | 05-08-2021
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Host: Krista Henry

Recent numbers released from Statistics Canada indicated that 1.5 million women in Canada lost their jobs during the first two months of the pandemic. This led to unemployment rates as high as 20 per cent among women, compared to 13 per cent among their male counterparts. 

The YWCA Canada has since developed a Feminist Recovery Plan which emphasizes that women's rights and gender equity could see the biggest rollback if left unchecked. 

Rosalind Gunn, director of marketing and communications of the YWCA Cambridge, and Jennifer Gordon, director of advocacy at YW Kitchener-Waterloo, discuss the impacts of the global pandemic their organizations have seen on women in the workplace in the Waterloo region.


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