Oxfam Canada's annual Feminist Scorecard rates the government’s actions to advance a feminist green COVID-19 recovery. How do they stack up?
The government has made major achievements that significantly move the needle on women’s rights and gender equality.
The government has made noteworthy achievements on some files, but needs to go further to truly walk the feminist talk.
The government has stalled or backtracked on key commitments in this policy area.
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Canada’s historic investment in a national childcare system was a huge step forward for women’s economic equality. Enshrining child care in legislation will ensure long-term commitments.
Women are playing powerful roles in cabinet, leading to a greater focus on inequality and other feminist priorities. However, the government can do more to support the feminist movement and strengthen its own intersectional approach.
The government made major investments to support women’s rights and 2SLGBTQ+ organizations fighting gender-based violence and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The government continued to provide critical income supports, but the most marginalized women and gender diverse people are falling deeper into poverty.
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Many Indigenous women were disappointed by federal responses to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) and the continued social and economic inequities they experience.
Inequality is at the heart of the climate crisis. This year, Canada doubled its international climate finance and promised deeper emission cuts, but still fell short of doing its fair share.
Canada made bold investments in care work globally. To end the pandemic and reverse setbacks for women’s rights, Canada must now tackle global vaccine inequity and increase international aid.
Canada has promised to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, but should urgently help those left behind. Canada should also do more to address global hunger and the wars that fuel it.
Women-dominated sectors were hardest hit by the economic downturn. More federal action is needed to close gender gaps around employment equity, decent work and social protection.
Despite government promises to tax extreme wealth inequality and close loopholes, Canada’s tax rules continue to benefit the wealthy and help corporations avoid paying their fair share.