Agenda

Day One : Tuesday, February 16, 2021

10:00 EST

15 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:15 EST

45 min
Zohra Khan

Gender Dimensions of Covid 19 - A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan

Zohra Khan, Global Policy Advisor, Governance & National Planning, UN Women

  • How Covid magnifies pre-existing social divisions
  • The relationship between identity and health
  • The way identity categories such as gender, race and ability interconnect to create discriminatory systems that impact individuals in different ways
  • Assessing how various groups experience policies, programs and initiatives
  • Need for data collection beyond age and sex
  • Covid economic response plan
  • Investment to assist women facing violence or abuse in the home, eg. bolster women’s shelter
  • Impact of over representation of women in charitable and non-profit, front line and social service occupations
  • Challenges of self isolation

11:00 EST

45 min
Kai Scott

GBA+ Considerations for Transgender People

Kai Scott, President, TransFocus Consulting Inc.

Transgender people face substantial challenges and barriers navigating workplaces, public spaces, and government services and programs. Their unique and often invisible issues are beginning to be considered as part of GBA+ analyses, but organizations are frequently hesitant or fearful of making mistakes. This session seeks to address these concerns by exploring:

  • Five key areas where trans people consistently experience challenges
  • How to identify and address data gaps?
  • Nuances of consultation – what methods work better than others for trans people?
  • Stats and stories of what happens when trans people are not considered
  • Broad benefits of trans inclusion in policy and program development

11:45 EST

45 min
Marni Panas

What’s New in Collection and Use of Sex and Gender Information Practices?

Marni Panas, Consultant

  • Issues arising where an individual’s gender identity and lived experience doesn’t align with sex at birth
  • How government uses sex and gender information to administer programs, analyze demographics, set gender equity policy objectives and issue documents
  • How is the current approach contributing to problems faced by transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit individuals
  • Aligning federal and provincial information practices
  • New data collection and accommodation practices
  • New StatsCan standards
  • Developing a framework for a government-wide policy direction
  • Departmental review of existing information practices against the policy

12:30 EST

45 min

Break

13:15 EST

45 min

How Front End Work On Contribution Agreements Can Generate GBA+ Considerations at ACOA

Richard Cormier, Director, Communities and Inclusive Growth, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

ACOA works closely with clients applying for funding. Greater understanding of the client’s unique circumstances, environment and needs, including regional issues and the unique community dynamics surrounding a project will affect how the project can achieve success.

This discussion will touch upon the following:

  • How this up-front work generates and incorporates GBA+ considerations that contribute to successful outcomes
  • Who will the project impact, who might it leave out? Can negative differential impacts be mitigated? and
  • Dealing with rural communities, rural women business owners, indigenous women entrepreneurs and any number of intersecting identitie

14:00 EST

15 min

Break

14:15 EST

60 min

Gathering the Data You Need

TBA, Statistics Canada

  • Process and methodology where data exist in a system
    • Identifying your end goal
    • Determining what you need to find
    • Isolating the data set and normalizing the data
    • Understanding the ratios
  • Where the data does not exist in a system
    • Identifying reliable sources of existing data
    • Surveys
    • Administrative databases
    • Academic databases
    • Grey literature
    • Big projects
  • Ensuring the link between the policy and the data
  • Investing in long-term data collection
  • Partnering with Statistics Canada to expand existing resources

15:15 EST

45 min

Intersectionality

16:00 EST

End of Day One

Day Two : Wednesday, February 17, 2021

10:00 EST

15 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:15 EST

45 min

Environmental and Community Health Impacts of Intensive Resource Extraction on Rural, Remote, Northern and Indigenous Communities In Canada

Dr. Maya Gislason, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

  • Impacts of climate change on diverse populations
  • The intersections between public health and intensive resource extraction
  • Interconnection between human, animal and ecosystem health
  • Developing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) informed evidence generating tools
  • Intersectionality research and Gender-Based Analysis Plus approaches to policy formation and evidence building

11:00 EST

45 min
Geoff Dubrow

Acquiring the Required Information Through the Consultation Process

Geoff Dubrow, Consultant

  • Value of the consultation process
  • When is it appropriate to consult?
  • Types of consultation
    • Surveys, roundtable, key person interviews etc.
  • Designing the public consultation process
  • Involving the relevant participants
  • Ensuring all participants/views in the community are heard
  • What are the risks you may face in the consultation process
  • How to mitigate against risk in the consultation process
  • Making best use of the resulting data

11:45 EST

45 min
Kathleen Lahey

Building Gender Transformative Programs

Kathleen Lahey, Distinguished University Professor and Queen's National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

We use the GBA+ process to review government policies, programs, legislation and regulations. It is our way of ensuring that what we are doing actually benefits all members of society taking into account the diverse population that is Canada. This may be giant strides forward compared to not reviewing policies for gender differences at all, but is it the best we can do? Let’s consider:

  • How whole-of-government and departmental approaches can help guide long term and deeply substantive policy impact
  • Analysis as to priorities, impacts on men as well as women, intersecting identities, plans, and budgets
  • Programs intended to close all gender-related gaps more proactively and deliberately
  • Achieve genuine equality for all over the course of a life-time.

12:30 EST

45 min

Break

14:45 EST

15 min

Break

15:45 EST

45 min
Azra Dizdarevic

Integrating GBA+ in the Evaluation Process

Azra Dizdarevic, Evaluation Analyst, Transport Canada

  • How does the evaluation function provide an opportunity to rigorously examine considerations related to gender and intersecting identity factors?
  • How can an evaluation offer ways to further improve design and implementation of the policy or program?
  • What is the role of evaluation in the project management cycle and GBA+?
    • Integrating GBA+ into the approach and methodology
    • Considering diverse target population groups
    • Addressing gender and other intersecting factors
    • Identifying any limitations related to GBA+, the impact of those limitations, and how they could have been mitigated to ensure the validity and reliability of findings
    • Identifying areas for action and impact on diverse target population groups
  • From the evaluator’s perspective: Developing capacity in the evaluation function for GBA+
  • From the evaluator’s perspective: Challenges and ways forward

16:30 EST

End of Day Two