Gender Budgeting to gain as a Tool for Empowering Women

Jyoti P Dave

Abstract


The Constitution of India guarantees right to equality of all citizens, and attempts for sustainable development of all.The thought of women development has become an integral part of development talk and policy initiatives. There has been a gradual shift in the policy making from welfare of the women, to equity of women, to efficiency, and to empowerment. A woman empowered is a nation empowered. Money makes many things. The gender Budget has the potential to restore the socio economic structure of a society. The gender budgeting is aimed to advocate and support the empowering of economic governance and leadership in order to increase women’s participation in decision making processes. After the implementation of gender budget in various countries, India too has taken various strategies to follow the provisions. The effectiveness of gender budgeting is not just a matter of the policy but includes the structures and institutions that mediate policy formulation and implementation.

The aim of this study is to analyze the strategies and tools of gender budgeting for women empowerment. This research also explores the role of the government for women and child development, allocation of money for various schemes and their effective utilization.The Union Budget 2014-2015 has allocated Rs. 98030 crores for addressing gender concerns in the budget .

With the help of the data collected in the field as well as the reports published by the central government and the state government, this research attempted to analyze the schemes with the provision of gender budgeting and the impacts of the schemes on women from those specific areas. We also tried to analyze how far gender budgeting has helped to liberate women of those rural areas. We found that lack of funds, lack of awareness of the schemes, poor implementation of the schemes, non release of funds in time, lack of political commitment, delay in processing and effective utilization of funds in time are some challenges to be solved.


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Gender budgeting, women empowerment, union budget

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