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Reducing Gender Gaps Through Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Davao City, Philippines

  • Emilia Pedrosa Pacoy
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Abstract

Inspired by the Millennium Development Goals of addressing gender inequality, this chapter examines the initiatives of local governments in the Philippines to empower women through gender-responsive budgeting. Two basic issues are addressed: (1) how is the 5 % gender budget utilized for gender and development? and (2) does the mandate of allocating this budget manifests the effort to ease gender gaps and improve women participation in development?

The results show that initiatives for women development are demand driven and are focused on three areas as (a) gender sensitivity training, (b) raising awareness on violence against women and children, and (c) sustaining livelihood and income-generating activities. Albeit the response of the local governments is low, communicating the gender budget policy to them can be considered as an advocacy tool for providing resources for GAD. The goal of empowering women and the concept of gender budgeting would have been disregarded and would not have been taken into account had a specific amount not been cited.

Keywords

Local Government Fiscal Decentralization Participatory Governance Woman Empowerment Gender Empowerment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Governance, Business and EconomicsUniversity of Southeastern PhilippinesDavao CityPhilippines

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