2021 Federal Election Action Guide

Oxfam believes that inequality is the main driver of poverty and injustice. Addressing unequal power relations is deeply political, and we see elections as a crucial opportunity to engage in conversations about the root causes of inequality and press politicians to take deliberate steps toward reducing poverty and achieving gender justice. We all have a part to play in ensuring that our government helps build a more equal Canada and a better world.


Global Development & Foreign Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for women and marginalized groups around the world, deepening existing inequalities and compounding hardships for women in fragile and conflict-affected societies.

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Representation & Leadership

There has been a striking correlation between women in leadership and successful pandemic responses.

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Gender-Based Violence & SRHR

Pandemic-related stressors have increased gender-based violence, while making it harder for women and gender-diverse people across Canada to access key services, including sexual and reproductive health services.

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Poverty & Racial Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequities of poverty in Canada and intensified calls for the government to address the long-term impacts of colonialism and systemic racism.

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Care Work

Providing access to care that is high-quality, affordable and accessible to all families is key to achieving a more equitable economic recovery.

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Conflict & Crises

The impacts of conflict, violence and climate-induced disasters are compounded by COVID-19, with women refugees the most vulnerable.

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Rights of Indigenous Women

Amidst the horrors being unearthed at residential schools, Indigenous women are standing up for their rights, pushing forward important legislation and action plans, and taking up leadership positions.

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Climate Change & Natural Resources

As climate change increasingly threatens people’s lives and livelihoods, advancing a gender-just transition to an inclusive, green economy should be a priority for Canada.

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Work & Wages

The economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on women, rolling back decades of progress towards gender and economic equality.

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Implementing a bold feminist agenda in Canada requires strong public services funded by a fair and stable tax base.

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In addition to our 2021 Federal Election Action Guide, Oxfam Canada is also supporting the Up for Debate 2021 campaign. Up for Debate is coordinated by an alliance of women’s rights and gender justice advocates from across Canada. We are calling on all federal political parties in Canada to outline action plans in support of women’s rights, gender justice and an intersectional feminist economic recovery.

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