National planning and budgeting

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National plans and budgets are strategic opportunities for governments to turn their commitments into practical steps to achieve gender equality. Too often governments fail to ensure that public services respond to women’s needs and priorities. Implementing commitments to gender equality requires innovative public policy tools like gender-responsive budgeting, which comprehensively assesses gender gaps and identifies actions to close them.

UN Women advocates for transparent and adequate public financing for gender equality, including for gender-responsive budgets that channel adequate resources to both women and men.

The UN Women Multi-Country office works to make gender equality central to national planning and budgeting activities by:

  • supporting programmes to increase gender-related awareness, so policymakers and civil servants at all levels can apply gender analysis to their planning, budgeting and monitoring;
  • working to strengthen women’s organizations’ capacity so they can actively participate and inform national planning and budgeting processes

UN Women in Action

  • Supported Tajikistan to ensure that gender issues are central to labour and social protection programmes.
  • In Kazakhstan, we support national platforms to implement the gender specific recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) from the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Developed the capacity of networks of women living with HIV in Central Asia.