In 1996, the United Nations ranked Canada number one in terms of sex equality — by 2010/2011, we had slipped to 18th place. Gender-based analysis of budgets can show us how men and women are affected by budgetary decisions, and how we can make better choices to improve all
of our lives.
Canadians need to discuss the hidden impacts of budgets, who is made better off, and who is left out. A broad analysis is required, because often there are multiple overlapping issues that when taken together reveal obvious unfairness. This document is only the start of such a conversation.