Participants needed! Women and Changing Public Services – CRIAW Focus Group

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, CRIAW, would like to hold a focus group with PSAC sisters on Women and Changing Public Services
Thursday, June 25, 2015
from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
200 – 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver BC
(buzz 201)
If you can participate, please RSVP to no later than June 23, 2015. (Please note that the facilitator for the focus group has asked that the group meet in person, rather than via phone)

Why are we collecting stories?

Across Canada, a team of researchers is working with unions and community groups to answer two questions:

  1. Which public services are most important to women?
  2. How are changes to public services affecting women?

We want to hear from women as providers and users of public services, particularly those who are marginalized, including racialized women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, and lesbian, bisexual and trans women.

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is leading the research project. We are gathering stories around the country, and Vancouver is one of our targeted cities.

We will use your stories to shape a larger research project, and we hope policy makers, providers and activists will use this research to strengthen public services.

What are public services?

Education, health care, employment services and transit are examples of the many public services and programs offered by governments (federal, provincial and municipal), either directly or through the organizations they fund. We all use public services every day.

How can you participate?

If you are interested, you are invited to participate in a one-hour discussion to share your perspective about women and public services. Tell us about:

  • your experiences with public services, positive or negative, as a worker or a service user/client;  
  • what public services you rely on most, and why;
  • public services that are missing or could be better; and,
  • changes you’ve noticed in public services and the impacts on women, especially during the past 10 years.