Understanding Gender and Gender Sensitive Budgeting

Introduction and Objectives of Training

The aim of this training is to ensure that government planning, programming and budgeting contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ rights. The objective of this manual is to enable participants to identify and adopt necessary interventions to address gender gaps in government policies, plans and budgets. We anticipate that these generic skills will be applicable at all levels of government and may be applicable in other contexts.

It is not important for participants in the training to have any prior knowledge about gender budgeting. This training will enable participants to begin to apply the knowledge and tools in their day-to-day work with immediate effect.

This training manual will expose participants to the following:

  • What is Gender Sensitive or Women’s Budgeting and why is it necessary?
  • How to identify policy and public expenditure (state spending) on areas that affect women and girl children.
  • Introduction to a tool for monitoring, auditing and analysing polices and budgets in a gender-sensitive manner.
  • An introduction to national revenue and estimates and expenditure in a womensensitive way.
  • How to adjust and re-prioritise existing policies to better advance and promote the interests of women and girls.


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