“Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities

                                                              

“Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities

Huairou Commission
Solution proposed by: 
Women Transforming Cities International Society
In a Nutshell: 
“Advancing Equity and Inclusion A Guide for Municipalities” presents critical paths to advancing equity and inclusion tin order to address problems facing cities while providing Best Practices for solving these problems. When municipalites work for those who are most at risk of exclusion, including diverse women and girls, they work for everyone
Where and When: 
The guide “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities” was launched June 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. It is being shared with municipalities across Canada and work shopped both to city staff and to NGO’s.
Challenges: 
Diverse people especially women and girls work for cities but cities don’t work for them. Cities do not use intersectional lens on their policies, programmes, budgets or staffing. Using an intersectional lens enables cities to see women, language, culture, income, age, family status and abilitiy. Housing, electoral representation, urban designs, climate change strategies, violence, child care, public transit, work and wages do not meet the needs of diverse people especially women and therefore families because women and girls are invisible. They must be at the table to address the issues and provide the soluntions
Innovation: 
Cities need to put an intersectional lens on their work and use disaggregated data to come up with both the problems and the solutions. For example in addressing Climate Change and housing needs cities need an intersectional lens on who will implement the strategies as it is women who make 80% of the household decisions such as recycling, transit use and family purchases and it is women who primarily use the home for paid and unpaid labour. In Fukushima housewives died because they were invisible working in the home caring for the children and elderly.
Concept: 
Five Canadian Cities and seven NGO’s working on the major social issues and internal challenges facing their cities were brought together to examine these problems and devise a handbook of solutions to be used by elected officials, senior and middle management, municipal staff and local organizations, community organizers, unions and academics. Cities are facing huge population growths of diverse people and new social inequities with inadequate resources to address the problems this growth creates. Municipalities face challenges such as competing demands on staff time, disbelief that inequities exist, lack of political will and limited knowledge of the value of using an intersectional lens,- a lens that takes into account the ways in which advantage and disadvantage intersect to affect how people experience policies and programs. “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities” outlines the key issues to address the solutions in large and small municipalities. The Guide examines issues and gives a step by step approach to solutions to address issues and solutions faced by immigrants, aboriginal, LGTBQ2s (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer, two spirited), people living in poverty, racialized persons, women, youth and seniors and provides Best Practices.
Description: 
“Social inclusion is a national challenge to the integrity and continuity of Canada. The capacity of urbancommunities in every region of the country to provide conditions of wellbeing for all citizens across the life cycle, to recognize and value differences among peoples of global diversities and origins, and to live a common life of proximity and vitality will define Canada to itself and to the world.” Clutterbuck and Novick 2003 “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities” has seven sections. 1) What informs the guide: shares guiding principles and shows how to use an equity and inclusion lens. It explains how and why to use an intersectional lens. It explains how to apply the work and who to include. 2) Create and Sustain Impact: The 10 critical factors are: Identify Multiple Entry Points; Cultivate Champions; Seek Support From All Levels; Create Mandates and Directives; Engage Communities; Demonstrate Results; Provide Tranining; Communicate Throughout Organization; Celbrate Success 3) Get Ready for Change teaches how to strategize for change and create the conditins for change. It includes a thorough Environmental Scan Checklist as well as a chart tool for any issues to examine Expercted Results, Performance Indicator and Results Indicator with useful references such as Hubbard, Edward. 2004 The Diversity Scorecard:Evaluating the Impact of Diversity on Organizational Performance, San Francisco:Elsevvier. 4) Engage Communities Examines key factors in working with communities which includes: Understanding the Issues; Recognize Community Experience; Create Relationships;Work Together; Be Accountable; 5) Building a Welcoming Workplace 6) Deliver Inclusive Services Throughout the guide are many examples of Best Practices used in municipalites for example Transgender people in the Vancouver Park Board; Violence Againgst Women in Public Transit; CCMARD Toolkit for strengtherning lcoal initiatives and policies against racsim and discrimination and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association tool to measure inclusivity.
Impacts: 
The “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities has already been work shopped in municipalities across Canada and to NGO’s to great success. Cities and NGO’s are learning how to put an intersectional lens on the city as a whole and their work in each department. Using the Environmental Scan Checklist they are able to examine the political structure, Operations, Participation and Partnership Structures and Mechanisms and Human Resources.