A Quick Guide for Policy-Makers
In 1995, the Government of Canada adopted a policy requiring the application of Gender-Based Analysis in the policy development and analysis process. All federal departments and agencies are now required to analyze their policies and legislation to take into account their differing impacts on women and men.
Gender-Based Analysis recognizes that the realities of women's and men's lives are different, and that equal opportunity does not necessarily mean equal results. The challenge for policy-makers is to ensure that the results of policies and legislation are anticipated, and that these results are as equitable as possible for all women and all men.
Status of Women Canada has produced Gender-Based Analysis: A guide for policy-making, which offers step-by-step techniques for integrating gender throughout the policy development and analysis process. The following is a quick guide to some of the key considerations involved in incorporating Gender-Based Analysis in that process.
As you develop and analyze policy, the following questions are among the gender-related considerations that should be kept in mind. Refer to Gender-Based Analysis: A guide for policy-making for more information.
1. Identifying the Issue
2. Defining desired/anticipated outcomes
3. Gathering Information
4. Conducting Research
5. Developing and Analyzing Options
6. Making Recommendations
7. Communicating the Policy
8. Evaluating the Analysis
is to pose the questions and develop a process
that encourages solutions in support of equality
for all women and all men in Canada.
For a print copy of Gender-Based Analysis: A guide for policy-making, or Gender-Based Analysis: A Quick Guide for policy-makers, contact:
Status of Women Canada
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Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1C3
Telephone: (613) 995-7835
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Last updated: December 7, 1998