I am aware of the many challenges – including deep-rooted stigmas and outdated stereotypes of the roles of men and women – that persist both at home and in the workforce. As an employer, I feel a strong personal responsibility to break down gender barriers and deliver gender equity in our organization and our work. My connection with the issue also extends into my personal life, through my work as the founder of TakeTheTime, a social movement focused on advancing gender equality via improved uptake of parental leave by fathers.
As an institution, ICCT will commit to educating all current and future staff on how to apply a gender lens to their work, using Gender-Based Analysis Plus training by the Government of Canada. We recognize the value of conducting our research, projects and publications with gender-based analysis in mind.
Furthermore, ICCT commits to ensuring that harmful stereotypes and gendered norms are not present in our work by including gender-inclusive guidelines in the ICCT Journal Author Guideline, as well as in our internal communications guides for our outreach (social media, newsletter, email, etc). We want to ensure that both our contributors, and our audience, also see this gender equity at work.