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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.

Mobile Service Delivery to ‘REACH’ people in remote communities in Samoa

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Samoan citizens living outside of urban communities will soon have better access to government, legal and women’s services through a new mobile service delivery initiative launched today. Samoa is adapting the successful mobile service delivery model implemented in Fiji, called Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH), led by the Government of Samoa...

In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. Indonesia has successfully championed...

Press release: Seminar for Members of Parliament: The Role of Parliament in promoting the Strategy for Development of Samoa & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 22 – 23 August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A two-day seminar aimed at recognising and promoting the significant role that Members of Parliament (MPs) play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Samoa on the 22 – 23 August, at Taumeasina Island Resort.

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

Monday, August 21, 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites...

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 ...

Speech: Launch of “A Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion”

Monday, March 27, 2017

On behalf of IDPG GESI Working Group Co-Chairs, USAID and UN Women, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation at today’s launch of the Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and the subsequent orientation workshop later in the day. I wish to extend a special thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)...

The International Development Partner's Group(IDPG) jointly co-chaired by UN Women and USAID launches a common GESI framework

Monday, March 27, 2017

With the promulgation of a new constitution that contains many positive provisions to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as due to Nepal's national and international commitments, there has been a significant progress towards achieving gender equality and social inclusion in the country. However, many serious challenges remain and a coherent approach among development partners will ensure more coordinated support to the Government of Nepal. In...

Punjab Chief Minister steams up women’s empowerment initiatives

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Government of the Punjab has set up a taskforce to fast-forward women’s empowerment agendas, including working closely with UN Women to create policy environment for women informal workers in the province. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif early this week constituted a provincial taskforce for facilitating the coordination of women’s empowerment initiatives, and scaling up activities and awareness campaigns across relevant frameworks including but not limited to the...

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