The City of Ottawa has made a commitment to gender equality. Since 1999, there have been a series of policies, plans and adopted motions that assert this commitment to address inequalities that women face in our city.
INTEGRATING GENDER EQUALITY INTO CORPORATE PLAN& STRATEGIC PLANS, 2005
In May 2005, City Council passed the following motion: “That the City of Ottawa and Community and Protective Services, as the lead department, work with the City for All Women Initiative/ Initiative une ville pour toutes les femmes to ensure that the goal, of implementing practices and strategic plans that increase gender sensitivity and enhance gender equality, is realized.”
In September 2005, City Council accepted amendments to the Corporate Plan to include the implementation of the Gender Equality Guide city wide (2007), based on the learning from the pilot in Community and Protective Services (2006).
This involves giving priority to initiatives that will ensure that a full diversity of women and men are able to participate wholly in the economic and social life of the community. It relates to funding, programs and policy. Implementation of this plan will take into account what is needed to promote social inclusion and address existing inequalities.
In 2002, City Council adopted the Equity and Diversity Policy which recognizes women, visible minorities, people with disabilities, GLBT and Aboriginal people as designated groups. In addition, to requiring diversity in the city workforce, the policy aims to “establish a framework that requires all departments within the City to embrace the spirit of equity and diversity in the development of their policies and programs that impact the delivery of City services, the use of City facilities, grants to external agencies and other outwardly focused activities”.
The Human Services Plan, of the Ottawa 20/20 Growth Management Plan, identifies Diversity and Inclusion as its first strategic direction. Under that Strategic Direction areas of action for women are identified.
In 2002, City Council accepted recommendations developed by the Working Group on Women’s Access to Municipal Services and committed to identifying strategies for addressing them.
CITY OF OTTAWA, GENDER EQUALITY RESOLUTION, 1999 (IULA report)
In 1999, the former Regional Council of Ottawa-Carleton adopted the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) Worldwide Declaration on Women in Local Government. By adopting the IULA Declaration, a municipality supports:
- Strengthening efforts to make equal the number of women and men in decision-making bodies in all policy areas.
- Integrating a gender perspective into all polices, programs and service-delivery activities.
- Looking at new ways to ensure women are represented and actively participate by formal as well as informal means in local governance.
Good Gender Equality Practices
In the development of the Gender Equality Lens , city staff and community identified Good Gender Equality Practices already in effect in the City of Ottawa.
What do we mean by a Good Gender Equality Practice?
It is one that considers inequalities and differences between women and men; and differences among women. See below examples that have begun to do this.
- A POLICY (page 19 of the guide )
- PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT( page 21 of the guide)
- COMMUNICATIONS (page 23 of the guide)
- SERVICE DELIVERY (page 25) of the guide
- COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING (page 25 of the guide)
Do you know of other Good Gender Equality Practices in the City of Ottawa?
Help us to identify more. Write to tell us of a Good Gender Equality Practice and why you think it is good.