Budgeting and public expenditures

Gender budgeting


Gender gaps persist in education, employment, entrepreneurship and public life opportunities and outcomes. Gender budgeting is a way for governments to promote equality through the budget process.

Since every ministry and level of government has a budget, planning the budget with the promotion of gender equality in mind has the potential to help policy-makers address a range of inequalities that have become embedded in public policies and the allocation of resources.

Gender budgeting is gaining momentum, with almost half of OECD countries now reporting that they have introduced (12), plan to introduce (2) or are actively considering its introduction (1).

A number of these developments have taken place in recent years, including advancements in Austria and Mexico (2013); Israel, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden (2014); and Japan and Iceland (2015).






Overview of gender budgeting