On June 19, 2020, LEAF submitted a written brief to the  Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology discussing the need to work with and provide financial support to gender equality-seeking organizations such as LEAF, to ensure that Canada’s pandemic recovery plan includes and supports those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19: women.

In the brief, LEAF outlined the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on industry and enterprise, in particular on women living at multiple intersections of oppression. As such, in LEAF’s view, policy response to COVID-19 must be driven by a gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) framework and a feminist recovery plan.

As an organization with 35 years of experience in identifying legal and policy responses that would best promote the equality interests of women and girls, LEAF is uniquely positioned to help propose pandemic recovery plans that centre the equality rights of women.

In order to ensure that organizations like LEAF are available to provide their input on how to most appropriately build a feminist recovery process, the government must provide such organizations with targeted and sustained financial support.

For more information, please see LEAF’s full written brief.


About Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF):

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls through litigation, law reform, and public education. Since 1985, LEAF has intervened in landmark cases that have advanced equality in Canada—helping to prevent violence, eliminate discrimination in the workplace, provide better maternity benefits, ensure a right to pay equity, and allow access to reproductive freedoms.

To support our work to protect the equality rights of women and girls, please consider donating today.

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Rosel Kim, Staff Lawyer  
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
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Cee Strauss, Staff Lawyer
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
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