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Well implemented gender-responsive budgeting means women, men, girls and boys are able to enjoy equal rights, services and opportunities. This is achieved through committed and systematic consideration of different and evolving needs and priorities of individuals in society. UN Women Turkey delivered a two-day seminar in Bolu, north-western Turkey, on gender-responsive planning and budgeting to senior members of the Ministry of Family and Social Services, as well as the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Presidency of Strategy and Budgeting, aiming to build the knowledge and skills of senior government officials in this area.
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Experts and practitioners from Western Balkans and Turkey increased their capacities and exchanged good practices on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) while attending a two phased Training of Trainers (ToT) . Both ToTs aimed to strengthen the pool of GRB experts in the region by equipping them with advanced knowledge and resources on GRB, as well as innovative adult learning skills.
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Experts and practitioners from Western Balkans and Turkey attend a 3-day Training of Trainers on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Skopje, North Macedonia. The ToT aims to strengthen the pool of gender experts in the region by equipping them with advanced knowledge and resources on GRB, as well as innovative adult learning skills.
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Implementing Gender Responsive Budgeting requires a nexus of interventions therefore for the very first time supported by UN Women in Kosovo1, under the leadership of deputy mayors, over 30 local representatives as budget directors, financial and gender equality officers from 12 municipalities were gathered for a two-day workshop in March, 2022.
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The challenges of making budgets respond equally to the needs of women and men were debated at a pane l, supported by UN Women in Kosovo and organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on 16 March. Under the title “Accountability in Local Governance: Citizens' Priorities Addressed through Gender Responsive Budgets,” the panel brought together high-level representatives from local governments.
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UN Women held a two-day seminar from 18–20 February for the Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Planning and Budgeting Committee. Organized in Afyon, in western Turkey, the seminar focused on gender-responsive planning and budgeting as well as promoting women's empowerment in Turkey.
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To ensure that governments allocate spending to meet the needs of both women and men – also known as gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) – 15 high-level representatives gathered for a two-day workshop supported by UN Women in Kosovo in October, 2021.
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More than 100 department heads from 25 line ministries, central public institutions and organizations participated in a series of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) seminars hosted by UN Women and the Ministry of Family and Social Services (MoFSS) in Ankara during the first two weeks of October 2021. The aim was to raise awareness on gender-responsive planning and budgeting and to develop practices accordingly.
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UN Women reveals findings of a recent assessment of the capacities, experience, and needs of local government representatives in applying a gender lens to their budgeting processes. The assessment found that largely women officials apply a gender lens to their budgeting processes even though more men contribute to preparing budgets.
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UN Women and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo have trained 20 journalists and 25 university students to accurately report on Gender Responsive Budgeting, as a legal mechanism in Kosovo to achieve gender equality.
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On World Statistics Day, Anisa Ruseti, the Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania talks about the importance of using gender data.
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UN Women and Sweden will aim to reform policies and financing actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to accelerate the implementation of national and international gender equality commitments.
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As COVID-19 sweeps the world, municipalities in North Macedonia are applying gender-responsive budgeting to better understand the specific emergency needs of women and other vulnerable groups and make their budgets more effective for them.
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Two municipalities exchanged good practices and improved their understanding of gender-responsive budgeting to ensure more transparent, inclusive and accountable governance.
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Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, chairwoman of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Gender Equality in Albania, was a key speaker at the “Smart investments: Financing for gender equality” side event, held during the 25th year anniversary of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region.
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A civil society activist, she explains how she led a pilot approach to increase women’s participation and their role in the participatory budgeting process of the Municipality of Tirana in Albania, supported by UN Women.
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A delegation of public officials from the Republic of North Macedonia, headed by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mila Carovska, attended a 3-day study programme in Rabat, Morocco to explore the country’s internationally recognized Centre of Excellence on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB).
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Government representatives, representatives from central and local self-government units, civil society organizations, academia and gender experts, gathered to discuss and highlight gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) at an event to launch the UN Women project “Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies and Budgets: Towards Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Republic of North Macedonia.”
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Naim Çoban is the Head of the Strategic Development Department that operates under the Administrative Department in the Turkish Parliament. Administrative Department provides administrative and technical support to the General Assembly, committees, political party groups, and members of parliament. For the past few years, under the supervision of Administrative Department, Strategic Development Department is working on mainstreaming gender equality and gender-responsive budgeting in the parliament. UN Women provides technical expertise in exploring possible measures to enhance a gender- responsive parliamentary budget.
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Representatives of ministries, NGOs and institutes for training of public officials participated in a regional workshop organized through UN Women’s ‘Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova’ programme in Albania on 12-14 November 2018.