Building Bridges, Not Walking on Backs: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19

Authored by: Khara Jabola Carolus

Categories: Global Public Health
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery
Country: United States
Region: North America
Year: 2020
Citation: Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women. "Building Bridges, Not Walking on Backs: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19." Khara Jabola Carolus. Department of Human Services State of Hawaiʻi. 14 April 2020.

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Executive Summary

The road to economic recovery should not be across women’s backs. COVID-19, and the measures being implemented to contain it, are deeply affecting social and economic relationships in Hawaiʻi and beyond. This new landscape is forcing us to reconsider many aspects of our lives and economy, including our economic future. The COVID-19 response and recovery plan sets the stage for a series of what could be some of the most important and transformative policy decisions that Hawai‘i and the world have the opportunity to enact. This is our moment to build a system that is capable of delivering gender equality. It is time to center gender in the nation’s rising racial and economic justice movements. This document represents a living and evolving agenda for a feminist COVID-19 response and recovery and therefore is not exhaustive, definitive or exclusively representative but highlights key and emerging principles and recommendations.