Current Projects

Action on Systemic Barriers to Women's Participation in Local Government

This Status of Women Canada funded project is in its early stages. This project is in partnership with Women Transforming Cities and is centering on the cities of Surrey and Vancouver. Through research, community engagement, and learning from the experiences of women leaders and existing best practices, we will synthesize knowledge and successful practices and actions that will help other municipalities provincially and nationally to achieve their goals of gender equity, inclusivity, and working toward their goals of social sustainability. 

  • 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.

More details will be available in the coming months!

Policy 4 Women

Policy 4 Women will develop and test inclusive models of public engagement that will mobilize academic, community and first-hand knowledge necessary for the renewal of a Canadian gender justice policy agenda.
In 2020 Canada will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Engendering Public Engagement is inspired by the innovative and extensive public engagement strategies used by the Royal Commission that centred on grassroots consultation with local groups and individuals supported by background research.

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New economic development in northern Canada is changing communities socially, economically, and culturally. FemNorthNet (or the Feminist Northern Network) wants to know the downside of ‘up’ that cannot be ignored. This project is housed at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW).

How do these economic developments affect women in Northern communities?

What can women do to bring positive change to their Northern communities?

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Changing Public Services

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, Canadians have seen waves of changes in public services, including changes in public sector employment, and changing policies and governance approaches that affect the provision of public services and programs at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. The choices governments make now will have long-term effects in communities and regions across the country, and will change what, how and to whom public services are available in Canada. The decisions of one level of government may intensify the effects of changes made by other levels of government, and result in cascading effects. Choices about how and what public services to change will impact both historically marginalized and privileged social groups of women.
Within and across regions, we will develop tools and participatory processes to identify and track changing public services and their impacts. This will increase all women’s access to public services, and help ensure diverse women can influence and inform public services. From what we learn, we will develop future research and action projects. We will communicate and disseminate the findings of this work broadly through fact sheets, articles, presentations, social medias, and creative means.


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