For International Women’s Day and the month of March, the BC Women’s Health Foundation is Choosing to Challenge.
Through initiatives to support women and their health, the BC Women’s Health Foundation will unmask the gender inequities experienced by women in business, spotlight the impact this has on women’s health, and reinforce that healthy women positively impact and create healthy communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone, but not equally. While no one is untouched by the impacts of the pandemic, women have been disproportionately affected and their health is suffering.
BC has the most women-owned small businesses of any province in Canada, and these businesses were the fastest growing before the pandemic. However, while all businesses in BC have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have been hit particularly hard. Nearly one-third of businesses have lost 40% of their revenues during the pandemic contributing to the 1.8 million women in Canada that have faced economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC Women’s Health Foundation, has created the Changemaker’s Market presented by BlueShore Financial to celebrate women-led businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists across the province in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses. The Changemaker’s Market is a digital community of over 200 movers and makers who have generously donated their goods and services for an online auction in support of the BC Women’s Health Foundation.
Each and every item or service has been generously donated by a BC business owned by cis women, trans folks, non-binary folks, and those across the gender spectrum. From March 14 to 21, you can bid on items, with every purchase made being a declaration of your dedication to women’s health and equity in the healthcare system. All proceeds will support the BC Women’s Health Foundation’s mission of healthy women everywhere, capable of anything.
To bid, connect and create change, join the online auction here: bcwomensfoundation.org/changemakers