↗ Some departments are doing a very good job applying GBA, and, while progress is uneven, government as a whole is showing improvement. The Advisory Council strongly argues that applying GBA and advancing women’s equality go hand in hand, so it is notable that the grade for applying gender analysis and the government’s overall grade are both B –. Council members consider B – a good grade, with potential for improvement. We call on government to focus on future steps.
↗ Government has been making a concerted effort to ensure there is a representative with a gender lens on committees and projects that are important to women’s equality. It is a good step that the Director of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is now a member of the Senior Management Team of Community Services; this elevates the profile of gender and diversity analysis and means the Women’s Secretariat is now directly involved in reviewing policies to ensure GBA.
↗ The Council is looking forward to a progress update on a pilot program to train staff in Community Services, Seniors and Labour in gender- and diversity-based analysis. We appreciate that we have been invited to review the training materials and make input. We look forward to hearing how training will extend beyond one department in future.
↗ There is now for the first time an Atlantic Forum of Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women, including Hon. Janice Sherry, PEI’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. The Minister Responsible speaks in the House to mark occasions important to women, sends out news releases and speaks at public events. The Advisory Council looks forward to finding ways to increase the profile of Minister Sherry in her role as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
→ Several government departments report that GBA is being done. For example, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education provided us an interesting glimpse into how gender and diversity are integrated in curriculum. However, Advisory Council members would be interested to see concrete examples of policy papers from other departments with GBA attached and integrated, so Council could evaluate the content being provided and the evidence being used to support gender and diversity analysis.
↘ Despite repeated calls for a gender analysis of the situation of the Eastern School District Board of Trustees from the Advisory Council and the Coalition for Women in Government, there is no evidence that the difficulties with this board (which led to its dissolution) were examined with a gender lens.
Commitment to applying gender- and diversity-based analysis (GBA) throughout government: B-
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.