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GBA+ sounds like bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo, but it matters, a lot

By Nancy Peckford      

Especially given that the House of Commons is only 27 per cent women. More disconcerting, however, as has been widely reported, women comprise a distinct minority on the overwhelming majority of House of Commons committees where policy choices are rigorously debated.

After the federal election, and in light of a newly appointed gender balanced cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government made online GBA training mandatory for most of their political staffers, including those in the PMO. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—This past week the federal government marked the sixth annual GBA+ Awareness week. This year’s theme was GBA+: Inclusion. Innovation. For the next 150. The federal agency leading the file, Status of Women Canada (SWC), even went to the trouble of developing some new tools, including micro-learning videos on how to actually do GBA-plus. It should be required viewing for every public servant.

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