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He Has the Whole
World in His Hands:

By Anne Mimi Sammis

52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

February 25 - March 7, 2008

“Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women”

Financing for Gender Equality is discussed in:
  • Beijing Platform for Action (1995)
  • Twenty-third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000)
  • Monterrey Consensus (Report of the International Conference on Financing for Development, Monterrey, Mexico) (2002)
  • Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005)

“Financial and human resources have generally been insufficient for the advancement of women.”  Beijing Platform for Action, paragraph 346

“Engendered budgets can be critical to transforming rhetoric about women’s empowerment into concrete reality.” – Budgeting for Gender Equality, UNIFEM

“Vital financial resources for development are increasingly being steered towards meeting monetary and financial goals, to the neglect of meeting basic human needs, such as health, education and social services. Debt servicing, lack of development assistance targeted to women's needs and unregulated private capital flows often increase the burden of care on women, decrease their access to health care and education systems and increase the incidence of trafficking of women and girls as families are forced to find alternative means of survival.” - Leading Economists Explore Impact of Financing for Development Process on Women's Lives, UNIFEM

Gender-responsive Budgets
Gender-responsive budget (GRB) analysis provides a way to hold governments accountable for their commitments to gender equality and women's human rights — by linking these commitments to the distribution, use and generation of public resources. It identifies the implications of budgets for women and girls as compared to men and boys and forms the basis for reordering the budget process and priorities to support women's empowerment and gender equality.

How do gender responsive budget analyses help women?

  • It makes women's work economically visible.
  • It shows how revenue collection and changes in tax structure can impact on women differently from men, especially in the case of single mothers and women in the unorganized sector.
  • It creates more transparency and accountability by detailing how money allocated for women is actually spent.
  • It provides policy-makers with inputs on differing priorities between men and women on expenditure needs.
  • It increases productivity and GDP.

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