Promoting Gender Responsive Policies in South East Europe
The aim of the project is to strengthen the implementation of national laws and strategies on and international commitments to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in line with national SDG priority targets in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Republic of Moldova. For this goal to be achieved, an increased financing for gender equality is required.
(1) Governments in targeted countries - namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Republic of Moldova - promote gender responsive fiscal laws, policies and national action plans and enable specific budgetary allocations for gender equality.
(2) Gender advocates and members of parliament are empowered to demand accountability from national and local governments on policies and budgetary allocations for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.
At the national level direct beneficiaries of the project are 500 public officials and members of parliaments, 800 municipal staff and city councilors at the local level, 30 Civil Society Organisations representatives and experts, 420 students in universities and 7,000 women and men in target municipalities. At the regional level , the project targets the Network of Associations of Local Authorities in Southeast Europe and the Centre for Excellence in Finance.
Activities to achieve the foreseen results include capacity building programmes on Gender Responsive Budgeting for public officials at the national and the local levels, gender advocates, members of parliament and civil society organisations; technical support to strengthening policies and procedures to ensure Gender Responsive Budgeting implementation in administrative systems; and national and regional exchange of experiences. The project will be closely linked with ongoing initiatives of UN Women in the countries and in the region to strengthen synergies for greater impact.
The proposed project implementation countries have introduced Gender Responsive Budgeting tools at different levels, as part of reforms towards programme based budgeting . However, progress towards applying Gender Responsive Budgeting has been slow, mainly due to relatively weak institutional capacities and expertise. With the onset of the economic crisis, government agendas have seen further weakening of the focus on gender equality. The proposed intervention countries face political instability, and democratic principles and the rule of law have been constantly challenged. Notwithstanding, governments of the four countries have repeatedly affirmed their commitment to gender equality, through adoption of new laws, policies and strategies, as well as specific empowerment measures.