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Political Will: A Significant Driver of Gender Budgeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Political will is the motive/will of the political leader of a nation that generates political action. The first person that comes to mind when one talks about political will is Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Everyone’s eyes are on what this political leader will accomplish in their term as head of the state. With regard to Gender Equality, various stakeholders of the Government have emphasised on “women-led development” as the big policy shift. One of the key ways to push this policy, is to make women enablers of the desired change. In my recent experience and interaction with this Government on Gender Budgeting, there are two particular instances of significance that I would like to enumerate upon.

Remarks: Launch of GRB GESI Manual

Friday, July 5, 2019

“We will never reach any of our objectives without the equal participation of half the world’s population, and without drawing fully on their expertise, capacities and experience”. Ending gender inequality is therefore both an outcome as well as a necessary condition for securing sustainable development. It is a necessary condition in the sense that women, especially those from the most excluded groups must be empowered to bring their differential experiences and interests to inform the development agenda.

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 – 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women’s use...

OP-ED: A gender responsive budget

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economic Survey of 2017-2018 assumes special significance for two reasons-one, it marks the last full Budget of the Government before the 2019 General Elections. Second, for the first time, the survey entails a dedicated chapter on gender, relaying a renewed focus on the most urgent challenge of our time. The chapter rightfully notes the gains made by the government in improving gender indicators and more importantly, offers an analytical method to capture the...

National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits ...

UN Women, Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a project to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation...

New UN Women report finds progress but also big challenges on gender responsive budgeting in Asia

Friday, December 9, 2016

Targeted fiscal policies have improved the quality and quantity of budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality in Asia and the Pacific but significant challenges remain, says a new UN Women report launched today. Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Status Report is the first comprehensive review of these policies in the region. It is based on a detailed review of 26 countries and assesses almost two decades of such initiatives by government,...

Royal Government of Bhutan, UN Women launch report on Gender Responsive Budgeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Royal Government of Bhutan and UN Women have launched a new report highlights measures to make Bhutan’s national planning and budgeting processes more gender responsive. Senior representatives of the Royal Government of Bhutan launched the report Gender Responsive Budgeting in Bhutan: From analysis to action in Thimphu on 11 May 2016. Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Bhutan: From Analysis to Action synthesises the...

Recruitment of new members for Youth Team Leader Clubs in the 2015-2016 school-year

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Youth Team Leader Club (YTL club) in Chu Van An high school recently completed its recruitment for new members for its second season in 2015-2016. “After posting our recruitment advertisement to our club’s Facebook, we only received nearly 20 applications. We were very upset. However, on the day of the interviews, as many as 70 students showed up to hand in their applications. It was much more than...

Denmark pledges half million dollars to support UN Women’s Works in Nepal

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Government of Denmark and UN Women signed an agreement for Danish grant assistance of USD560,600 for supporting the work of ending violence against women and engendering national budgeting and policies for women in Nepal.

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