What’s a “she-cession”?

We wish the news were better but we are in the midst of a “she-cession.”

COVID-19 continues to have devastating effects on communities across the country. But some populations are more adversely affected than others.

According to an RBC Economics report, nearly 100,000 women aged 20 and older have exited the labour market since February 2020, compared with fewer than 10,000 men in the same age group. All but two sectors — science/technical and finance/insurance/real estate — saw net job losses for women from February 2020 to January 2021.

In the last year, 12 times as many mothers as fathers left their jobs to care for toddlers or school-aged children.

Another report tracks other gendered impacts. “Unmasking Gender Inequality” published by B.C. Women’s Health Foundation in partnership with Pacific Blue Cross found that the pandemic is impacting women in other areas as well – exposure and safety.

Even in industries where the percentage of the workforce is split evenly between men and women, women tend to occupy roles with higher exposure risks. For example, in the retail industry, a higher percentage of women occupy sales and cashier roles whereas men occupy a higher percentage of sales manager roles. As far as safety goes, we are seeing an increase in family violence. Statistics Canada found that 16% of women reported a perceived risk of domestic violence as a result of COVID-19.

What you can do

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge.  If you’re on social media, take a selfie with your right hand raised up to show that you’re all in to encourage the creation of an inclusive world. Use the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.

Join Women United

If you want to make change right here in Greater Victoria, consider joining WOMEN UNITEDTM. We are a giving circle of community-minded leaders who are working together to make positive change in #yyj funding urgent community needs such as mental health services and counselling for children and youth, meals and companionship for isolated seniors, and essentials for families in need. One initiative supported by our group is the Little Phoenix Daycare

Or you can choose to make a donation right now to help your community!

Thank you.