Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Gender Mainstreaming in the Military: 
Economic and Social Implications for Ontario

(ERA - Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario)

On June 11, 2015, the Government of Ontario awarded CIDP Director Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky with an Early Researcher Award, consisting of a funding package of $140,000.00 over 5 years.  

The project focuses on the large role that the Canadian Armed Forces play in Ontario, and why it is imperative to understand the interactions between the women and men who serve on Ontario military bases.

It aims to connect the different professional experiences of women and men while in the military to their professional experiences after the military, while taking into account the changing demographics of the Canadian veteran population.

Project Updates 2019 - 2020

In the final year of the project, the ERA team is working on publications and other data outputs. In May 2019, the ERA team met in Montreal to read through and code all the transcripts from focus groups. A codebook methodology was designed and codebooks were completed shortly thereafter. You can view a blank codebook here. Using data from the codebooks, key themes for publications were drawn out and work began on an article on the topic of work/life balance in the CAF that the team has continued to work on throughout the fiscal year.

In terms of outreach activities, the Gender Lab Team has continued to work with Beyond Classrooms to educate young students in Kingston on the Canadian Armed Forces, including presentations on healthcare and technology in the CAF. The Gender Lab also created a tool for workplaces to use to assist with the integration of veterans into hiring processes and assist with their transition into the civilian workplace. You can take a look at this tool here.

Also in the past year, Principle Researcher, Stéfanie von Hlatky has founded and co-hosted the Battle Rhythm podcast, which is co-produced by the CDSN and CGAI. On the podcast she has shared research relevant to this and other Gender Lab projects. Professor von Hlatky has participated in a variety of speaking engagements throughout the year, including a workshop on Women, Peace, and Security hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Paris (November 2019), a presentation on gender training at the Université de Montréal (November 2019), a presentation on gender and military operations at Collège militaire St-Jean (January 2019), the Sexual Misconduct Resource Centre (SMRC) Expert Briefing in Ottawa (February 2020), and the Women in International Security (WIIS) Queen’s Annual Conference (March 2020). Professor von Hlatky has received a large number of grants this year and is the co-director of a $2.5M Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study diversity and military personnel. Professor von Hlatky has also authored a number of publications relevant to this project. 

ERA doctoral researchers Marin Ingalise Beck (left) and Meaghan Shoemaker (right) presenting with Beyond Classrooms Kingston on the role of women in Canada's militaries. 

To request a speaking engagement with the CIDP Gender Lab on women in defence, or the ERA project, please contact us at ERACIDP@gmail.com