Gender Responsive Budgeting

Excerpt from Jane Midgley's article "Gender Responsive Budgeting," originally published in the May/June 2006 edition of Dollars and Sense magazine.

Government budgets are far from bureaucratic exercises. They are profound expressions of how those who govern a country distribute its resources and how the results of their policies help or harm different sectors of its population. Budgets inevitably represent a series of trade-offs. In themselves, though, the numbers don’t illuminate the high stakes, especially for women and other groups marginalized in the decision-making process.

Budgets are not gender neutral, either in their development or in their impact. Because the different impacts that women and men experience as a result of expenditure and revenue decisions are not measured, government budgets typically suffer from what some economists have called "gender blindness."

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