One of the central roles of the Office for Women is to assist Queensland Government agencies to develop and implement policies and programs that provide equitable outcomes for women and men. Gender analysis is the methodology used to develop and deliver strategies that address the needs of Queensland women.
Gender analysis is a set of processes used to assess and deepen understanding about:
The aim of gender analysis is to redress inequalities and inequities.
Gender analysis is a practical tool that can be applied to any policy or program. It provides a framework that can be used in any organisation to identify how a policy or program may impact on men and women.
Gender analysis assists with the development of actions to ensure that both women and men benefit from an activity, event or policy. It is broad enough to capture large scale impacts, and sensitive enough to pick up on how particular community members, such as single mothers or older women, may be affected.
Women's social, economic and political roles, responsibilities and influence have progressed markedly in recent history. A number of gains have been made by and for women.
For example women in Australia:
However, a number of areas in which women remain under-represented or experience disadvantage continue to exist. Some have remained unchanged over many years, for example high levels of domestic, family and sexual violence. Others have emerged as gender roles have changed, for example the challenges faced by women in leadership positions. These areas of under-representation or disadvantage can affect women's personal relationships, working lives, long-term economic security and overall health and wellbeing.
The following statistics provide just three examples of remaining areas of difference between women and men:
The Office for Women's statistical publication, Queensland Women 2015, provides further information on where and how inequity continues to impact on women.
Organisations can use gender analysis to:
Applying gender analysis will ensure that the needs of both women and men are addressed, which in turn leads to better social and economic outcomes. These outcomes are good for individuals, communities, businesses and governments.
For example, ensuring that more women are able to participate in the workforce will:
Gender analysis takes diversity into account and can be used to identify impacts on specific groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse groups of women and women with disabilities.
The Office for Women has developed a Gender Analysis Toolkit that can be used in any workplace to assist with policy or program development, implementation and evaluation.
It provides a step-by-step overview of how to conduct gender analysis, from the first stage (in which issues are identified), to implementation, monitoring and review. The Gender Analysis Toolkit includes background information, practical exercises, and links to further information.
Download the Gender Analysis Toolkit.