Join the GeoWomen community as we welcome Marcie Hawranik of Canadian Equality Consulting to discuss the important and urgent subject of the impacts of COVID-19 on women in the workforce.
ABSTRACT: COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women and exacerbated gender inequality. The majority of workers directly impacted and at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 are women. The employment rate decline throughout the COVID-19 period was predominately women. Women are dropping out of the workforce at higher rates due to COVID-19 caregiving responsibilities, home-schooling requirements and sanitation and cleaning needs – all of which are further reinforced by the gender pay gap, societal expectations and our gendered employment sectors. As we prepare for schools to re-open in the Fall and the second wave of COVID-19 to start, we need to examine the shortfalls and barriers of our current system and policies and create changes now to advance equality.
Marcie Hawranik Bio:
Marcie is the founder of Canadian Equality Consulting; an Alberta-based company that supports workplaces to become leaders in gender equity, diversity and inclusion. Marcie has a Master’s degree in international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York focused on conflict resolution, a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Political Studies, and extensive experience in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, diversity and inclusion, policy and program development, and stakeholder engagement.
Marcie also co-hosts a podcast called “(ex)clusion,” an exploration of all things equity, diversity and inclusion.
A few highlights of Marcie’s work include:
• Speaking on Alberta’s advancements towards gender equality to the United Nations Panel on Business and Human Rights and to the World Bank;
• Creating the new Alberta Status of Women ministry;
• Designing consultation and engagement strategies for non-governmental organizations at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva;
• Leading the prep and organization for the Government of Canada at the United Nations
Human Rights Council during the review of Canada’s human rights record;
In 2019, Marcie was recognized by UN Women as a “SHE Innovator” and in 2018, she won the Premier’s Award of Excellence for her innovative work to advance gender equality in Alberta. Marcie is also a Mom to two little feminist sons.