Introduction to GBA+

Intersectionality: Mary

If we neglect to consider the intersecting identity factors of diverse peoples, we risk not identifying potentially negative impacts prior to the development and during the delivery and evaluation of an initiative. It is essential that we work with communities to understand the full impact of an initiative, so that we do not misread the experiences of a significant portion of the Canadian population.

It is therefore critical that we apply GBA+ to optimize the impact and effectiveness of all federal initiatives.

Intersectionality image: illustrating some of the identity factors considered in GBA+

What does this mean for Mary?

In this case, we can see that a combination of intersecting factors influence Mary's experiences. If we consider only one of these factors when developing policies or initiatives, we might find that we have excluded Mary and other women like her.