Women soon to be back to work?

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Women soon might go back to work according to federal officials

Women soon are to be back to work – at least that’s what federal officials want to achieve. The crisis is affecting women more than any other group. The federal government is looking to coordinate recovery efforts to get women back to work. The main aim of the federal government is to ensure stable jobs and higher pay to women during these difficult times.

Data shows women have seen steeper job losses than men. Also, we need to take into account that women are more often in part-time work. Women also usually work in sectors which COVID-19 affected greatly. Since women are more often employed in marginal jobs, and represent the vast majority of care workers, they suffer from this pandemic the worst.

New initiatives by federal officials will aim to tackle such disparities and inefficiencies within the system itself. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, stated that the government’s plans will focus on managing emergency response. For now, the PM believes it is too early to talk about concrete stimulus plans.

Armine Yalnizyan, fellow with the Atkinson Foundation, stresses that since women make up half of Canada’s workforce, economic recovery is mathematically impossible without them going back to work. She stated: ‘There’s no recovery without a she-covery and no she-covery without childcare’.

Childcare is one of the most pressing issues. Families without child care options will have problems. Many of their partners will push for women to be the person that stays at home to take care of the children. The pandemic has also greatly exposed the fallacies of Canadian long-term care system, with elder care centres seeing the highest numbers of deaths from COVID-19.

Yalnizyan remarks the virus has exposed how greatly we need essential services. The question then becomes if the government should work to provide and guarantee essential services to its population. ‘[The government] could be providing essential services for all workers, because that’s what we’re learning’, she said. ‘Childcare is an essential service, and so is drugs, dental and vision. It shouldn’t be tied to whoever your employer is.’