Equality Crisis (Le Devoir)

By Karl Rettino-Parazelli
Originally published on March 3 2015
See original French text here: http://www.ledevoir.com/economie/emploi/433298/relance-economique-les-femmes-ont-ete-plus-penalisees-que-les-hommes-conclut-l-iris

Women are more harshly affected by austerity measures than men, and recovery plans are less favourable to them as well.

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir

IRIS researchers have observed a 7 billion dollar gap between men and women.

Women in Quebec have suffered from the collateral damage of the most recent economic crisis more than men. They have been more harshly affected by the “austerity” measures put in place in order to balance the budget and have not seen as many benefits of the economic recovery as men have.

A new study published on Monday by the Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques (IRIS) reveals that the measures iimposed to straighten out Quebec’s finances are not “neutral” or “technocratic”, contrary to the Couillard government’s claims: they affect women more than men.

“The results are clear, the process of economic recovery since 2008 has had a negative impact on women, be it in the context of recovery or austerity measures”, states the study’s co-author Eve-Lyne Couturier.
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