FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has released a gender-based analysis tool and guide to help organizations understand the impact of their decisions with respect to gender and other diversity factors. 

“When we advance women’s equality, we strengthen our economy, educational opportunities, and the health of our families,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “By using a gender-based analysis, we are considering what impact our decisions could have on women’s equality in New Brunswick.”

The government started using this analysis as part of its policy development process in January 2016. Gender-based analysis identifies how gender differences may affect outcomes of policies, programs and decisions for diverse groups of women, men, girls, boys and self-identified gender groups, either directly or indirectly.

“Making this tool available to the general public is good news. These tools are the result of the collaborative work of the Regroupement Féministe du Nouveau Brunswick, the Government of New Brunswick, and other partners,” said Regroupement Féministe du Nouveau Brunswick executive director Nelly Dennene. “The application of the gender-based analysis shows the willingness of the government, through its policies and programs, to engage in the prevention and correction of gender inequalities. Also, this tool and the analysis it enables will have an important effect on the creation of concrete systemic changes.”

Any organization can apply or adapt the tools developed by the government to support decision-making. The gender-based analysis strategy was developed by an interdepartmental working group.

The gender-based analysis guide and tool are available online.