Gender mainstreaming (GM) is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Formally adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995), GM recognizes that women and men are differentially affected by policies and its aim is to integrate such knowledge into all dimensions of decision-making. In the last decade, much debate has ensued at the international level regarding GM, its efficacy and future utility.
This workshop will situate GM in the field of critical policy studies and gender and governance literature. It will review GM developments to date in Canada and beyond, including unique strategies and approaches that have emerged more recently within governments and international organizations. Specific attention will be paid to the relationship of GM and intersectionality, including tensions between these two approaches. We will also consider how the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its principle of leaving no one behind, it shifting how the international community responds to inequities including moving beyond mainstreaming a gender analysis to consider other interacting forms of oppression including age, disability, race, ethnicity, religion and economics status.
Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the workshop to a specific sector or policy area, in a jurisdiction of their choice, to explore the transformative change that GM (and its outgrowths) can have on how policy issues including budgets, are framed, analyzed and responded to.