Have your say: Help interVivos plan our next event

Take part in this short survey by April 20 at 11:30 pm to help us plan our discussion. Your responses will help us create an event that best serves women and gender-diverse Edmontonians.

Beyond the epidemiological effects, the pandemic has impacted people and groups differently. While the pandemic has negatively affected everyone, we know that women and gender-diverse people have been uniquely impacted.

“Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex,” says a United Nations policy brief. The limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has echoed this statement: “These disproportionate impacts could have long-term and far-reaching consequences. If we are to restore momentum in our efforts to bring about gender equality in Canada, social and economic recovery efforts must take a feminist approach.”

As a women-led organization, here are some facts that stand out to us:

  • Women comprise 70% of the healthcare workforce and up to 90% of the social care workforce. They are also more likely to be providing frontline care and are consequently at increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Find out more: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsoc.2021.650729/full#B101.

  • Structural inequities in healthcare, labour, and community affluence have shaped the disproportionate harms of COVID-19 for BIPOC women. These inequities are, in turn, connected to intersecting systems of racial, gender, and class marginalization. Read more: https://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/our-work/backgrounders/more_exposed_and_less_protected_in_canada_systemic_racism_and_covid19/.

  • Women do two to three times more informal care work than men. However, women suffer considerably worse mental health effects associated with this workload, particularly when juggling it alongside paid employment.

  • Care work in the home directly impacts women’s economic security, reducing their time and ability to engage in paid labor. A Canadian study found mothers were five times more likely than fathers to reduce work hours to care for children.

  • In a Canadian survey of 820 transgender and non-binary persons, 10.8% reported experiencing discrimination when accessing or attempting COVID-19 testing. Click here to read more: https://transpulsecanada.ca/.

  • Gender-affirming surgeries have been canceled or postponed for many trans persons because of the pandemic, which can heighten anxiety and depression.

  • Women and gender diverse people are overrepresented within nonessential sectors (e.g., food service and retail) and within occupations curtailed or made riskier by physical distancing protocols (e.g., sex work).

The pandemic circumstances intensify inequalities related to gender, and other factors, such as economic status, race, culture, language, and other intersecting elements of our identities. It is important to understand the intersectional gendered implications of the pandemic.

This spring, interVivos is putting together an event to discuss the problems and develop solutions.

Take part in this short survey by April 20 at 11:30 pm to help us plan our discussion. Your responses will help us create an event that best serves women and gender-diverse Edmontonians.

interVivos appreciates you taking 5 minutes out of your day to complete this survey. We will be sending gift cards for coffees and doughnuts donated by queer-owned business Doughnut Party to two people who complete the survey. The winners will be chosen randomly.

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Questions? Please email us: connect@intervivos.ca.