Healthy women are critical to our collective future. They are central to our families, communities, and essential services. And, improving the health system to enable women to stay healthy has the potential to save the BC economy up to $2.6 billion annually.
“I don't know why, but in this day and age, even with women working full-time hours the same as men, the brunt of the house work and the child care still seems to fall on our shoulders. It's exhausting.”
Essential services need healthy women. Women represent the majority of frequently under-valued essential service roles. We must ensure that the health needs of these workers are met to keep these services operating and sustainable.
Making changes to support women staying healthy has the potential to save up to $2.6 billion in BC annually, and up to $17.8 billion across Canada. Achieving gender equality would increase the growth rate of output by 9% in BC and by 6% across Canada over the next decade.