October is Women’s History Month in Canada. It is

a month in which women and girls, past and present, can

be celebrated and commemorated for their true value. A

month in which we can look back and be aware of how

far we have came in terms of gender equality. A month

in which we can speak out loud, pointing at the inequalities

that still have too much place in our world, and for

which Canada is not an exception. A month in which we

can also be proud of the progress we’ve made in women

representation in politics, rights, and recognition.

But this particular year, the improvement has been

slowed down by the pandemic. is year has shown that

we are still far from being in a world in which women

face fair conditions, with equal wages, equivalent employment

opportunities and no discrimination. e list

goes on. Women have to put a lot on their shoulders for

their families, work, community and for the global health

of the population.

Did you hear about ‘she-cession’? at is what some

women have termed our economic crisis during the pandemic.

Women and girls were on the frontline working

hard for the safety of our population too often in miserable

conditions. Many of them had to stay home and take

care of their families as schools and daycares were closed

for months.

Primer Minister M. Trudeau elucidated the point

quite well when he said, “Over the past few months,

women – and in particular low-income women – have

been hit hardest by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Many have served bravely on the frontlines, risking their

health to provide essential care and services to Canadians.

e pandemic has highlighted and deepened the inequalities

and injustices that exist for women in our society.”

In her statement for the Women’s History Month,

federal Minister for Women and Gender Equality and

Rural Economic Development Maryam Monsef said,

“ e COVID-19 pandemic has ampli ed existing gender

inequalities. Women are on the frontlines of this crisis

at work, in their communities, and are shouldering

the increased burden of unpaid care work at home.”

Once again, women were there when needed the

most in this di cult time, and still are today and every

day. It is time to recognize the e ort and bravery of women

and girls. How? By taking time to acknowledge the

hard work of women, say thank you, by objecting when

you see injustices, and by learning about our history to

honour women and girls.