Resetting Normal is a series of reports on gender equality and the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The series explores risks to human rights exposed by the pandemic and proposes new ways to build a gender-equal Canada in pandemic recovery efforts.
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As Canada grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many want to return to “normal” as quickly as possible. But “normal” is deeply flawed, especially for women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people.
The pandemic exposes hard truths.
It’s “normal” that the people getting harmed the most are the people already facing the worst inequities, including women, vulnerable seniors, people living on low incomes, Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities, people with disabilities, people who identify as 2SLGBTQI+, and people who
are immigrants, migrants, and/or undocumented.
It’s “normal” for people who experience the worst problems to have the least say in solving them. It’s “normal” to view equality as “nice to have” – but not an essential feature of a healthy society. It’s “normal” to give the most vulnerable people in society the lowest priority for care.
It’s time to reset normal.