March 8th, 2021
NDP Statement on International Women’s Day
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh release the following statement:
“Today, women in Canada are disproportionately feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From homeschooling to household responsibilities, Canadian women are carrying their families through the COVID-19 crisis.
And to make matters worse, women face the highest rates of unemployment. Businesses owned by women have been hardest hit by the pandemic taking nearly twice as long to recover.
The ability of women to return to the workforce is essential for a successful economic recovery in Canada — when women succeed, our economy prospers.
New Democrats will continue to fight to make sure the recovery is a feminist one that advances gender equity.
Families need real progress on universal childcare and the Liberals have failed to deliver. The NDP won’t stop fighting until affordable and universal childcare is accessible for families in Canada.
Indigenous communities, particularly women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people, have been waiting for way too long on the Liberals to implement the MMIWG Inquiry’s Calls for Justice and the calls to action. This is unacceptable. New Democrats will continue to call on the Liberals to stop the delays and take action to save lives.
We know that domestic violence against women is on the rise – it's been called a pandemic in the pandemic. We need a National Action Plan to end gender-based violence.
Through the pandemic and afterwards, New Democrats will continue to fight for a fair recovery for women, affordable childcare and an end to gender-based violence."