Action on Barriers

Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government is a three year collaboration between CRIAW and Women Transforming Cities. It is a Status of Women Canada funded project.

The goals of the project are two-fold:

To work with municipalities and citizens to identify and institute on-going and permanent solutions to address barriers to the participation of diverse women in local government as elected decision-makers, as staff, and as committee members; and

To enhance the understanding and awareness of the importance of using a “gender-based intersectional lens” to guide policies and actions, and to increase the use of such a lens throughout municipal departments and functions.

The project is focused on two municipalities in British Columbia, Canada.

What do we mean by a “gender-based intersectional lens”?

Developing policies and practices with a gender-based intersectional lens means identifying the different impacts policies and programs (or lack thereof) will have on different groups, recognizing that even within those groups not everyone’s experience will be the same. By using a gender-based intersectional lens, we will be better positioned to identify and explore the various barriers that impede women’s participation in local government, and to recommend concrete action to remove these systemic barriers for all women.

How will we accomplish these goals?

Our objectives are in keeping with international goals that aim to increase the involvement of women in leadership and decision-making at all levels of government. We will focus our activities locally on assisting two municipalities, Vancouver and Surrey, in determining what needs to be done in each community in order to achieve greater representation of diverse women within their municipal structures, policies, and practices. 

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