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2021-2023 | Government of Yukon & Women and Gender Equality (Federal)

This project sought to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of Yukon women.

This project involved interviewing women in the Yukon aged 19 years of age and older.

People were asked how the pandemic impacted things like paid work and unpaid care work, whether the pandemic changed how much time women spent taking care of children and sick or elderly people, and how the pandemic affected womens’ well-being.


The project takes a livelihood view of the economy, recognizing that people meet their needs through combinations of market and non-market work (unpaid care work, traditional food collection, sharing, and exchange), and access to publicly provided services (Chambers and Conroy, 1991; Elson, 2010). Going beyond income, well-being captures physical, mental, and emotional well-being, physical and emotional safety, and ability to engage in cultural ceremony. The specific impacts of the pandemic on Yukon women’s livelihoods and well-being may differ from impacts experienced in other parts of Canada, given the Yukon’s unique economic and demographic features.

Research Questions:

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected women’s livelihoods?

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on livelihoods affected well-being beyond income?

  • What have been the impacts of federal and territorial responses on livelihoods and well-being?


  • Contribute to the understanding of the she-cession, women’s care penalty, the shadow pandemic hypotheses, and the particular livelihood challenges of women occupying varying social locations in the Yukon

  • Inform policies and programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic impact and consequences

  • Aid in facilitating a resilient and economic recovery inclusive of women

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Explore some documents, news links and publications related to the project. 

Project Reporting

Canadian Women Foundation

Government of Canada

Gender & Covid-19 (Fact Sheet)

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (Fact Sheets)

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