Drawn primarily from a set of materials prepared for “economic literacy” presentations at the 2008 meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Bridging the Gap: Financing Gender Equality, produced in collaboration with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), is intended for those who wish to better understand the links between gender equality, public policy formation and development financing. It highlights the importance of expanding policy choices in setting the framework for national development plans, and emphasizes the central role of strategies to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in achieving development effectiveness.
At national and international levels, gender equality advocates can make critical contributions to policy advocacy around financing for development. The booklet examines national budgets and planning processes in its first two sections. An overview of relevant international commitments follows in Section 3. Section 4 highlights two important international agreements that will be reviewed in 2008—the Monterrey Consensus on financing for development and the Paris Declaration on Aid effectiveness. Both address issues of international development cooperation, and domestic policy coherence and policy space, and are shaped by interactions between developed and developing countries.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. What Does Financing for Gender Equality Mean?
2. Following the Money: Public Finance and Budgets
Sources of public finance
Understanding the national budget cycle
Key players in the budget process
Looking at budgets through a gender lens
3. Achieving National Goals: Gender-Responsive Development Planning
4. International Commitments to Support National Strategies
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Millennium Development Goal 3
The Monterrey Consensus
5. Aiming for Policy Coherence and Policy Space
The International Conference on Financing for Development process
6. Advocating for Financing Gender Equality
Annex I: Questions to ask about public financing and gender equality
Annex II: Fifty-second Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women: Agreed conclusions on financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women
References and Additional Resources
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