Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa on March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rolling back progress for women should not be COVID-19’s legacy: Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic should not be rolling back progress Canadian women made before the crisis.

Speaking at a virtual Daughters of the Vote event organized by Equal Voice, Trudeau says the pandemic has been especially hard for women, who are leaving the workforce at a higher rate than men and often taking on the greater share of caring for kids at home.

The prime minister says politicians should listen to the voices of women, not only when it comes to economic recovery but also on fighting systemic racism, climate change and gender-based violence.

Trudeau says the progress that has been achieved for women is not enough as more needs to be done to lift up women who are Indigenous, Black, or women of colour to build a stronger and more equitable country.

Daughters of the Vote is an annual program organized by Equal Voice that sees 338 female delegates representing every federal riding in Canada take a seat in the House of Commons to speak about issues that concern them.

This year, the event is taking place entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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