Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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Gender-Responsive Budgeting

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_141-1



Gender-responsive budgeting is a mainstreaming strategy to integrate gender equality objectives into fiscal policy and administration. It allows fiscal authorities to structure tax and spending policies to eliminate gender gaps and promote equality. It is not a separate budget for women, or specific spending on women’s programs, but rather an analysis of the whole budget to assess its impact on women and men. It does this by applying a gender analysis to government policies, plans, and programs to improve the allocation of resources to gender-specific objectives.

Gender-responsive budgeting emerged out of feminist analysis of macroeconomics in the 1980s with Australia pioneering the first-ever Women’s Budget Program in 1984. It grew in popularity following the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. The outcome of this landmark conference, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, called on governments to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Policy Advisor, Governance & National PlanningUN-WomenNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Fiona MacPhail
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada