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COVID-19’s Gendered Economic Impact: Time to Re-Imagine Care Work? (Zoom Webinar) 


Monday, September 14th, at 8:00 pm




The Women’s Advocacy Group is proud to host a conversation about the troubling economic impact of the pandemic on women and related concerns about the need to get children safely back to school and daycare.  Join us as we welcome three engaged advocates – Fay Faraday, Katherine Scott, and Maggie Wente – for this important discussion, which will be moderated by Megan Stephens. They will help unpack why the economic impact of the pandemic has been highly gendered, with many women being thrust onto the front lines in precarious jobs, and others experiencing disproportionate rates of job loss, leading some experts to characterize this as a “she-cession”.  They will also discuss how the safe return to schools and daycares may help address some of these economic concerns –  but is also vital for children living in vulnerable communities.



Fay Faraday is a social justice lawyer, strategic adviser, policy consultant and academic whose work focuses on constitutional law/Charter of Rights and Freedoms, human rights, labour and employment law, pay equity, employment equity, transnational migrant workers’ rights, and public interest litigation. She is the founder of Faraday Law an independent social justice law and strategic consulting practice in Toronto.




Katherine Scott is a senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and serves as director for the CCPA’s gender equality and public policy work. She has worked in the community sector as a researcher, writer and advocate over the past 20 years, writing on a range of issues from social policy to inequality to funding for non-profits.




Maggie Wente is a partner at Olthius Kleer Townshend, a law firm serving exclusively Indigenous clients. She is of Anishinaabe and settler descent and is a member of Serpent River First Nation. Maggie has a broad practice serving First Nations governments and their related entities First Nations controlled not-for-profit organizations. She advises on Treaty and Aboriginal rights in litigation and negotiation, human rights of Indigenous peoples, and in particular equality for First Nations children and individuals in programs and services.



Megan Stephens, who will moderate the discussion, is the Executive Director and General Counsel at LEAF (the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund). She oversees LEAF’s work to advance the equality rights of women and girls through litigation, law reform, and public education. She and her family are members of Holy Blossom Temple.


September 14
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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