LADP has worked to advance a resilience-based approach to empowering local women. To support Local and National Authorities to adopt more structural and strategic approach to gender equality, LADP/UNDP together with UN-Women organised introductory high-level workshop on Gender Sensitive Budgeting (24–26 Aug 2015, Erbil) aimed to enhance the capacity of Authorities to implement gender-sensitive budgeting and planning processes in local governance.
The Workshop involved 103 participants (56% female) from all 18 Governorates of Iraq – including representatives of Governorate Administrations, Technical Directorates, and the Ministries of Planning of GoI and KRG. A three-stage approach to gender-sensitive budgeting was presented and discussed: (1) gender-based assessment of budgets, (2) restructuring of revenues and expenditures based on gender analysis so as to promote gender equality, and (3) mainstreaming of gender as a category of analysis in the budgetary process. The application of gender-sensitive indicators and gender-disaggregated data in planning processes was also discussed. Participants were also introduced to international experiences. As a step toward strategic framework to improve the gender equality environment, ca. 70 experts and representatives of multiple sectors from different Governorates across Iraq endorsed a Plan of Action on gender equality, including recommendations and an assessment mechanism.
Developing capacities in gender-sensitive budgeting has been a pivotal way to mainstream gender equality past Programme completion. Application of gender-sensitive indicators and gender-classified data are to contribute to increased women’s participation in executive decision-making at the local level, improved access of women to public services, and integrated gender perspective in the local planning process.