Introduction to GBA+

Defining sex and gender

We begin with definitions of sex and gender, because they are often – incorrectly – used interchangeably. Both need to be understood and carefully considered if we are to determine the impact and effectiveness of government initiatives.

The British Columbia Law Institute reminds us that the correct use of commonly understood language is essential. It assists us in framing issues properly, keeps the discussion respectful, and helps identify areas where improper use of terms and concepts is impacting policy rationales and choices.