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FemNorthNet Submissions to Standing Committee on Status of Women: GBA+ in Environmental Assessments

Jane Stinson

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In early May 2016, women from the FemNorthNet project were invited to make a submission to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women regarding “Gender Based Analysis in the Federal Government”. Given our extensive research on the lack of gender-based analysis in the assessment of resource development and extraction projects, members of the FemNorthNet project submitted a brief about the need for Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in Environmental Assessment (EA) processes in Canada. The brief summarizes our research findings about the current state of gender-based analysis in EA processes across Canada, discusses how GBA+ could be better integrated into EA processes, and emphasizes the fact that GBA+ could mitigate negative impacts of resource development and extraction projects on diverse northern women.

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