Introducing Bringing Gender In

Introducing Bringing Gender In


Good policy makes life better for New
Zealanders and bringing gender into the analysis process can improve the policy
that we create. You may think that you always factor gender in when
writing policy but some still think genders either irrelevant or they assume
gender neutrality when they’re creating policy. This easy-to-use tool helps you
bring gender in efficiently. Policy makers need constant reminding of the
affect their work has on ordinary New Zealanders. Mothers, Māori and Pacific
women, migrant women, working women, and those without jobs. In fact women and
girls at all levels across New Zealand society. The position of New Zealand
women and girls has improved over time, however New Zealand still has one of the
highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the
developed world. Bringing Gender In can help make better policy and that leads
to better outcomes not only for women but also for our communities and all New
Zealanders. Bringing Gender In is a simple user-friendly tool for exploring
the gender implications of a policy. The tool makes it easy for analysts to
conduct effective gender analysis and provides information and examples from
New Zealand. When I was a policy analyst we didn’t have tools like that but when
I was doing analysis I really wanted to make sure I had the implications fully
so that I could tell the decision-makers exactly what the impacts of that policy
was going to be, be that for Māori, be that for ethnicity, be that for people
with disabilities, and that’s why I like this tool because I think it will come
in really handy as a policy analyst to make sure that our advice is robust and
as sound as it could be. Gender analysis helps address poorer outcomes for women
and girls who make up over half the population.
Bringing Gender In is available to everyone on the Ministry for Womens
website.

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