Gender-based analysis (GBA) assesses the differential impacts on women and men by considering their different life situations - their different socio-economic realities. GBA recognizes that the realities of women's and men's lives are different and that equal opportunity does not necessarily mean equal results.
The Gender-Based Analysis Policy at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), mandatory since 1999, aims to be integrated into the development and implementation of departmental policies, programs, communication plans, regulation and legislative options, as well as consultations and negotiations, and instructions and strategies on research, dispute-resolution, and litigation.
In 2003, a proactive capacity-building approach supporting INAC's strategic priorities, long-term goals and vision was necessary; once created and approved by Senior Management, the 2003 Repositioning Strategy (effective for five years) was put into effect. The strategy had identified the following objectives: to increase Senior Management commitment to GBA, increase GBA competency of INAC employees, increase quantity and quality of GBA data and information, and increase quantity and quality of GBA tools. As the repositioning strategy reached its five-year benchmark in 2008, an evaluation of the implementation of the GBA Policy within the department was conducted.
In response to the overall findings of the evaluation, a new five year implementation strategy is now being developed and will be applied upon approval.
By using gender-based analysis, INAC works to create the most equitable and accessible policies, programs, initiatives and legislation through informed policy making, that are inclusive and consistent with the spirit and content of the Charter.
In this section, you will find some of the tools and resources that are used to assist us in striving to conduct quality GBA on programs, policies, initiatives and legislations being developed or renewed in order to promote and support the active participation and equal access of women and men to all levels of decision making. You will also find a copy of INAC's GBA Policy.
Some documents of interest:
For more information, you may also wish to contact INAC's GBA unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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