Feminist Scorecard 2023: Feminist Action in a World of Crises

Oxfam Canada scores the government's feminist action, or inaction, during a time of multiple unprecedented crises. How do they stack up?

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Investing in the Care Sector

The government continued to advance its ambitious child care agenda. Further investment and targeted action is needed to address labour shortages, wages, and working conditions in the care sector.

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significant progress

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The government made major investments to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and the rights of 2SLGBTQ people, but more support is needed to counter growing anti-rights movements.

<p style="margin-left:0in;margin-right:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><em>Tosheva lives with her husband and three young children. Their water source is a muddy stream near their home. They collect this water for everything from cooking and cleaning, to drinking. As a result of drinking the dirty water Tosheva’s children have been sick. Oxfam has identified their village to receive a piped water system but until the work starts, the family continues to collect the dirty water. </em></span></p>

<p>“The condition of the water here is quite bad, people have already been sick from the water, my children have even been to the hospital a few times.” “I was more than happy when I heard that clean water was coming here. When we saw the project designers here measuring the ground and doing the design we thought they looked like angels.” “We have been living without water in this village for 70 years. And we are really happy to work with Oxfam and have mobilised the labour in this village to help with the construction. The community in this village is very motivated, they have been so inspired since the day they heard the water was coming and they even talk about water during prayer.”</p>

significant progress

Global Development

Canada showed global leadership on care work, and made new investments in COVID-19 and global health. To tackle global crises, Canada must continue increasing foreign aid.

<p>Iffat Tahmid Fatema, Senior Innovation Officer in Public Health Promotion & Community Engagement, talks to the Oxfam team about community consultation tools for WASH infrastructure.</p>

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<p>The women’s social architecture project aims to put users at the centre of the design process, and brings in the expertise of architects to help create facilities and spaces that meet the needs of women and girls.</p>

<p>The project has developed jointly between Oxfam’s WASH, Protection and Gender teams, with architects and groups of women and adolescent girls living in the camps to explore the issues they face in using current WASH facilities (like toilets and bathing cubicles), to create new designs that overcome these issues and pilot the build of these designs in four locations. The project aims to showcase how stronger collaboration with refugees can create facilities that are more appropriate in terms of gender, culture, safety and dignity.<br />
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Oxfam and the Rohingya women designed four different structures in different camps, one by one. This way, they could capture the learning and apply it to each new structure. For each one, the process was long: an initial consultation, a validation session to review the draft design, site selection consultations, final tweaks after construction, and finally an opening ceremony. On a visit to one site, refugee women point out to a visitor the changes that they made to the design –after a third round of consultations – including a pole next to the toilet that pregnant women can grab onto for balance as they squat, and a bench seat in the shower room, so they can sit as they have their bath.</p>

significant progress

Conflict and Crisis

Canada made significant investments to fight the global hunger crisis, but funding levels must increase drastically to meet the rising needs.

Two local residents gathering belongings from their destroyed home, before joining to the thousands of displaced survivors of the disaster.

some progress

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Migrant and Refugee Rights

Canada’s rapid response to Ukraine has highlighted inequities in the treatment of migrants and refugees from different countries. The government must prioritize equity and ensure fair access for all.

Julia, 44, her mother-in-law Leana, 58, her son Andrey*, 9, and nieces and nephews from Kharkiv at the Hallo Kijowska reception centre for refugees from Ukraine. Korczowa, Poland.

some progress

Climate Justice

Canada has set an ambitious agenda for climate action with the potential to advance a feminist green transition, but it continues to prioritize the interests of the fossil fuel industry.

Pastoralists with goats. 

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some progress

Ending Poverty

As the government continues to phase out emergency pandemic support, marginalized women and gender-diverse people will be hit hardest by rising inflation, the housing crisis, and a looming recession.


some progress

Representation and Leadership

Women continue to hold powerful roles in cabinet. However, the government can do more to improve diversity, combat violence against women politicians, and support the feminist movement.

Yuli is a Himpunan Wanita Disabilitas Indonesia (HWDI, Indonesian Women with disability Association) leader, and states that women with disabilities often face GBV and many don’t have any idea on how to report the assault. She originally joined Oxfam partner Adara initiatives for its incentives, but started participating in more workshops for the new people she could meet.

some progress

Gender-Based Violence

Government commitments and funding to address gender-based violence have been unprecedented. This support must continue and include targeted actions to tackle systemic issues, service and program gaps, and intersectional vulnerabilities.

Caroline Leal-Oxfam

some progress


Despite government promises to tax extreme wealth inequality, close tax loopholes, and crack down on tax avoidance, Canada’s tax rules continue to benefit wealthy individuals and corporations.


some progress

Women’s Work and Labour Rights

The government took action on wages and benefits, but more is needed to address gender inequality in the labour market, and hold Canadian companies accountable for their operations abroad.


some progress

Rights of Indigenous Women

The federal government has been too slow in addressing the inequalities and discrimination faced by Indigenous women in relation to sexual and gender-based violence, housing, healthcare, and the justice system.

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little progress

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