Budgeting for Equity: Gender Budget Initiatives within a Framework of Performance Oriented Budgeting

Gender budget analysis looks at how financial resources are allocated with respect to different genders. Since 2001, UNIFEM has been supporting gender budget analysis in more than 20 countries. Budgets matter because they determine how governments mobilize and allocate public resources. They are used to shape policies, set priorities and provide the means to meet the social and economic needs of all citizens. Gender-responsive budget analysis was pioneered in Australia in 1994, with a federal government assessment of the budget impact on women. It refers to the analysis of actual government expenditure and revenue on women and girls as compared to men and boys.

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