Firstly we need to make sure that women question how the allocation of budget funding by their respective governments is allocated at a local council, state or federal government level. We need to advocate for a Women’s Statement with a gender based analysis to be included in the published budget documents otherwise we simply have no way of knowing how effectively the gender equality and women’s empowerment principles are or will be met. We also need to ensure that there is a systemic use of data to tailor the development, implementation and evaluation of government programs that focus on the needs of women.
I found this report UN Women in Politics 2017 of particular interest. In January 2017, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women updated their statistical analysis and ratings on the percentages of Women in Parliament and those that hold a Ministerial Portfolio. It may come as a surprise to see which countries are actually making great progress and which countries are not (see table below). In the western world, the United Kingdom is rated #47 Women elected to Parliament and only 8 Women out of the 26 seats have Ministerial Portfolios. Australia is rated #50 Women elected to Parliament with 7 Women out of 29 having a Ministerial Portfolio. In the USA the rating is #104 Women in Parliament. There were no figures available for the USA regarding how many women have a Ministerial Portfolio. Rwanda is ranked #1 for Woman in Parliament and 9 out of the 19 Ministerial Portfolio’s are held by women. So my challenge to you is that if you believe that country budgets need to include a gender based analysis then perhaps it is time that you visited your local politician to discuss the needs of women – especially those within the workforce in regards to budgetary allocations for assisting women in employment and see what response you get. I’d be interested to hear the outcomes.
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UN Women in Politics 2017
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