Gender Based Analysis+ in Alberta’s big cities: the effects on local organizing

Azuelos, Sarelle (2021) Gender Based Analysis+ in Alberta’s big cities: the effects on local organizing. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Calgary and Edmonton have each launched strategies and initiatives to incorporate Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) processes into their policy development in the last few years. Do these plans make a difference to grassroots organizers and non-profits working toward equity in these communities? Through seventeen semi-structured interviews with members of city administration, front line workers, grassroots organizers and heads of various non-profits, this thesis works to develop a better understanding of how and if municipal strategies have an impact on local organizing. The majority of research on GBA+ examines the challenges of implementing GBA+ policy processes and the subsequent outcomes in international or Canadian federal contexts. This thesis will address gaps by focusing on gender-mainstreaming approaches in the municipalities of Calgary and Edmonton, and the impacts on local organizers outside of administration. Participants shared experiences of navigating bureaucratic structures to affect change and GBA+’s limited capacity for radical change. Furthermore, participants discussed the influence of private and public funding on equity-related organizing and links to extractive industries.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 15228
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-119).
Keywords: Gender Based Analysis+, Alberta, feminist grassroots, gender mainstreaming, public policy
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Gender Studies
Date: June 2021
Date Type: Submission
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Library of Congress Subject Heading: Gender mainstreaming--Government policy--Alberta--Calgary; Gender mainstreaming--Government policy--Alberta--Edmonton; Alberta--Edmonton--Government policy; Gender mainstreaming--Strategy; Nonprofit organizations--Alberta. Nonprofit organizations--Alberta.

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