New Report: Bridging the fields of feminist and systems practice

29 October 2020
We are happy to share a new report by PhiLab member Juniper Glass. She has co-authored a new piece based on 3 years of working with feminist organizations across Canada. 

Tasha Lackman, Vice President of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, reflects on the contribution of this work to philanthropy:
“As a funder, it is becoming more and more clear to me that the only way to support lasting and meaningful change is to ensure that we are regularly examining our power and privilege and how we wield it (and too often protect it). This report examines power and change deeply, unveiling key learnings and insights from both a feminist and system change perspective and illustrating the complementarity between the two. The report also includes clear calls to action and strategies for supporting gender equity and systems change work. In the context of the pandemic, the desire to collaborate to improve outcomes and maximize impact is greater than ever, and we know that we need to centre different voices to find solutions to the wicked problems of our time: this report shows a way forward.”

Bridging the fields of feminist and systems practice: Building ecosystems for gender equity


“We need feminist leadership — and system change strategies — today more than ever. Complex challenges of the moment, like climate change, the COVID-19 crisis, racism, rising economic inequality and gender based violence call for new ways of leading. These new approaches demand leaders to move away from traditional hero style leadership towards relational approaches and emergence.
But how do we get there?
At The Gender Lab, we have had the great honour of walking with and learning from many Canadian and international systems change and feminist initiatives over the last four years. The Gender Lab has led and collaborated on several initiatives in recent years that have provided fertile ground for growing insights about what feminist work and systems change practice can offer to each other. “