Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner June 25, 2020
Time for blue skying.
While we have the time, many of us, let’s ponder Big Thoughts: the kind of Canada we want.
Without quitting the health practices we have developed, as pandemic restrictions ease, we can put all our best heads together and reimagine a global future.
We have many solid guides. I follow Katja Iversen of an NGO called “Women Deliver.” Feminist, indefatigable and sensible, Iversen, a Dane, was named Danish Citizen of the Year in 2018. Her group, based in New York, delivered a terrific conference in June, 2019, in Vancouver.
“Women Deliver” urges that reconstruction be “globally integrated.” That makes sense. The pandemic has shown us in a powerful new way how related we are.
It must be woman-led. Decisions must be guided by a gender lens: How does this policy or program affect women and children? Access to education for girls must be ensured. Unpaid care and household work must be re-valued and distributed fairly. Education to promote gender equality must continue. And violence against women must stop. Violence against any identifiable group.
Nicholas Kristof, a widely read writer in the New York Times, said recently, "I crunched the numbers, and found that the death rate in female-led nations, that includes Taiwan, Germany and New Zealand, plus the province of British Columbia, was one-fifth of that in male-led nations. That’s staggering. If the U.S. had the death rate of the female-led countries, the U.S. would have saved 102,000 lives. The worst records have been those of male leaders who are authoritarian, blustering and no good at listening. Or maybe, it is simply that citizens willing to have a woman leader and those willing to follow guidelines from public health, are one and the same.” Continue Reading >HERE<
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