Since March 2018, CIRDI has been in the process of articulating its institutional strategy on advancing gender equality in natural resource governance. The goal of the strategy is to lay out CIRDI’s vision of how gender-inclusive policies, tools and approaches for sustainable natural resource development can generate lasting and inclusive benefits for all.
CIRDI’s theory of change for advancing gender equality in natural resource governance is underpinned by context-specific gender analysis related to resource-dependent communities. CIRDI’s strategy takes an integrated approach to deploy tactics across three priority intervention spaces across our institutional focus areas – public sector capacity and governance, environment and climate change and artisanal and small-scale mining. Our interventions in these three focus areas emphasize building gender competence in public institutions, improving womens’ access to technical and vocational training, and increasing womens’ meaningful participation in resource governance and decision-making. This Strategy seeks to ensure our work accounts for womens’ multiple social roles and identities, and how these may interact with prevailing norms and institutions to perpetuate gender inequalities in resource governance and stewardship. As such our approach is Integrated, Inclusive and Intersectional.
On November 6, 2018 CIRDI held its third and final peer-review session to solicit feedback on its draft strategy at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. This session focused on a government audience with representation from Natural Resources Canada’s International Trade and Affairs Division, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and Global Affairs Canada. CIRDI was especially honoured by the attendance of H.E. Diego Stacey, Ambassador of Ecuador to Canada, who shared his insights on CIRDI’s TransMAPE project and national priorities around gender equality in natural resource management. This event engaged over 60 people in-person and remotely, and the presentation of CIRDI’s strategy was very well-received. The final iteration of the strategy will greatly benefit from a number of valuable insights that this discussion generated, particularly in terms of tools and approaches that will be referenced therein to guide future programming.
The Gender Equality Strategy has now been peer-reviewed by over 100 stakeholders including academia, civil society, and government through three dialogues held in Vancouver, Ottawa and Washington D.C and will be made public in early 2019.