Gender Lens on the Budget 2019-2020
In a context of widening social and economic inequalities, governments can use budgets as tools to achieve social justice objectives concurrently with economic objectives. Applying a ‘gender lens’ on the budget helps us to understand the differences in a budget’s impact on men and women. It is necessary to uncover the often-unintended outcomes that increase inequality in society.
By applying a gender lens to budgets, governments can understand the different needs of their constituents and plan, execute and monitor expenditures and revenues more effectively.
In the absence of adequate government efforts in gender budgeting, non-governmental and non-profit organisations can play a critical role in producing statistics, research, and assessments to provide policy leaders and government officials with the knowledge of how to further gender equality goals. One prominent example is the National Foundation of Australian Women (NFAW). NFAW is a feminist organisation, independent of party politics. Position papers have been developed by NFAW’s Social Policy Committee to summarise 2019 Budget measures of importance to women in Australia.