In 2007, AIC began to examine whether the current gender profile of the profession was correspondingly reflected in its own membership, structures and programs.
Although some AIC activities, such as the international program, held a gender equality component, the expectations on our overseas partners were often greater than the expectations on our own organization. However, recent years have seen some significant changes.
In 2006, AIC International Program staff circulated a request to Canadian and project partner groups for volunteers to sit on a Gender Equality Task Team (GETT). The mutual trust, respect and knowledge developed through the consensual process of creating a customized definition of gender equality provided a strong basis for moving forward.
Before disbanding, the GETT completed their final task in defining the Terms of Reference for the Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Working Group.
Since 2008, gender equality mainstreaming within AIC has been guided by the GEM Working Group composed of volunteer members representing a wide cross-section of the organization.
The gender equality mainstreaming process in AIC depends on an ability to constitute and maintain a strong group of dedicated members and international partners (male and female) who volunteer their time and energy to moving this issue forward with the support of staff and the Board.
What is Gender Equality?