Town Hall on Gender Responsive Budgeting

When Jan 18, 2018 at 6:00pm 9:00pm EST
The 519
519 Church St, Toronto, ON
Lisa Brody Hoffman
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Join us on January 18, 2018 for Councillor Wong-Tam's Town Hall on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB). The evening will feature a fireside chat with Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau, expert panelists and facilitated round-table discussions on how Toronto can improve programs and services needed to build a more inclusive city.

Childminding and ASL interpretation will be available. If you expect to need childminding, please email Councillor Wong-Tam's office at [email protected].

In 2017, Councillor Wong-Tam hosted Toronto's first public forum on Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB). We discussed the many benefits of incorporating an intersectional gender equity lens when developing city budgets.

By placing a gender equity lens over the city budgets, we can ensure resources are more fairly allocated to serve ALL residents. Better budgets equal better services.

The truth is, despite the many commitments to equity, Toronto City Council has never adopted a woman-friendly budget. The waitlists for accessible childcare, recreation services, shelter supports, affordable housing and other essential services continue to grow.

C2kpUHPWQAIFTY3.jpgCommunity members gather for Councillor Wong-Tam's first ever Town Hall on Gender Responsive Budgeting in 2017. 

Cities across the world have created different forms of gender-responsive budgeting with the purpose of advancing gender equity. Even the 2016 federal budget contained a historic Gender Statement outlining the main challenges and economic inequalities facing Canadian women.

It's time for Toronto City Council to put talk into action.

Councillor Wong-Tam is working closely with diverse community advocates from across Toronto to ensure the city incorporates an intersectional gender equity framework over its budgets. This framework analyses the social, cultural and economic identities different women and men face and seek to redress disparities through careful allocation of public resources.

Gender-responsive budgeting encourage decision-makers to think about the multiple ways both men and women experience city services, which include municipal policy areas such as transit, housing, capital spending on roads and infrastructure, taxes and user fees.

It is important that we have fair access to the city budgets. Let's work together to build a Toronto where everyone can prosper and thrive.

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