WEBINAR: Organizational Gender Strategy Development

With the launch of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in 2017, the Canadian Government and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) signalled their commitment to placing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of international cooperation. For international nonprofits seeking to work with GAC it is essential to know how to develop an organizational gender strategy. This webinar, organized by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, is comprised of three parts:


Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber, the BCCIC Senior Policy Analyst and Gender Specialist, will provide a brief introduction to gender strategy development by highlighting the innovative ways in which BCCIC members have considered interlinkages in relation to women’s equality, gender empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals. Reference will be made to the eighteen case studies that were showcased in BCCIC’s recent report for the Commission on the Status of Women.

CIRDI’s Gender Strategy

Amar Nijhawan and Dr. Priya Bala-Miller, from the Canadian International Resources Development Institute (CIRDI), will discuss best practices and methods in developing a gender strategy, drawn from their own experience releasing an institutional gender strategy focused on natural resource governance. This includes examining existing work and project portfolios from a gender-impact lens, identifying priority intervention spaces, and mapping against global best practices. CIRDI will also discuss the processes behind convening consultative sessions and peer-reviews with a wide range of global actors, including civil society, academia, government, community groups, international development donors, and industry.

Presentation by CUSO International

Sarah Pentlow, of CUSO International, will discuss how Cuso redesigned its strategic plan to give greater priority to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) programming in line with the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). She will also describe the process by which Cuso adapted its projects to ensure that GESI objectives were integrated across all program areas to reflect a gender-transformative approach to development. In particular, she will highlight the shift of GESI objectives to three pillars of gender development, namely empowerment, equity, and enabling environments.

The webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber, the Senior Policy Analyst and Gender Specialist at BCCIC (full bio below). This 1.5-hour webinar will allow ample time for questions and answers with webinar participants. Please register for the webinar through the link below and let us know what your learning priorities are.


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