Gender Budgeting and Gender Mainstreaming

The concept of gender mainstreaming of governmental programmes and policies is based on the premise that unless gender concerns are made an integral part of the planning process and thereafter, consistently carried on to the level of implementation and evaluation, it will not be possible to ensure that women are considered as active actors in nation-building and are empowered in a true sense. The need for gender mainstreaming of our policies and planning process is also borne out by the increasing evidence of linkages between women’s absence from governance and feminization of poverty. National and State budgets impact men and women differently through the pattern of resource allocation and priority accorded to competing sectors. Women warrant special attention due to their vulnerability and lack of access to state resources. The purpose is to ensure the translation of Government’s policy commitments on gender equality into budgetary allocations.


Efforts on gender mainstreaming have resulted in setting up of as many as 56 Gender Budget Cells by various Ministries and Departments, which serve as focal points for coordinating gender budgeting initiatives. A lot of work remains to be done towards mainstreaming of gender concerns in planning, implementation and review of policies and programmes. NMEW will not only focus on this issue and universalize the concept, but it will also initiate the process of ascertaining the actual efficacy of such efforts through gender auditing.


Key focal areas:
  • State specific achievements and challenges on Gender Budgeting
  • Tools and mechanism for convergence
  • Identification of key areas for achieving inter-sectoral convergence for promoting Gender Responsive Budgeting
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