UN Women's work on financing for gender equality supports the implementation of government and donor policy commitments to gender equality and women’s rights. Our work aims to strengthen policy, planning and budgeting processes at national and local levels for improved government accountability, transparency and service delivery. The full and equal participation of women and civil society is central to achieve these objectives.

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Financing: Why it matters for women and girls?

(Cross posted on www.unwomen.org) From letting women have a say in where village water holes are built, to ensuring cash-transfer programmes benefit all, to making sure women have maternal health clinics nearby and can access them when the need arises ­– financing for gender equality is the means to ensure that women’s needs are met in development planning. Financing for development is about money. For development to reach people in all parts of the world, adequate financing is required so that commitments made by world leaders translate into action. For funds to benefit everyone equally and equitably, targeted efforts are often needed. For example, if women don’t have access to safe transportation or low-cost childcare, few will be able to take advantage of important social or vocational programmes.

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Financing for gender equality is critical for the implementation of the new development agenda.

Making gender equality and women’s empowerment a reality requires dedicated and consistent funding. Highlighting the key role that financing for gender equality will have for the future global development agenda, UN Women, in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the European Commission (EC) convened a global workshop entitled “Increasing Financing for Gender Equality: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward,” from 3-5 June 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015)

The third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015. The meeting will bring together Heads of State, Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as non-governmental organizations and business and private sector representatives. The Conference is expected to result in an intergovernmental negotiation and an agreed outcome, which will contribute to efforts on the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Featured Video: Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning in India

The documentary provides practical ways in which sectoral plans and budgets can be made gender responsive. The video captures exemplary work done in India by the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Agriculture and Cooperation at the Union (local) level. The experiences show that how in the two so called ‘women unrelated’ sectors,  gender issues have been recognized and addressed in sector policies and programmes. At the level of State government, the documentary covers the initiatives taken by the Kerala State Planning Board and highlights gender targeted programmes in sectors such as Public Works Department and Police. To capture these experiences, interviews were conducted with officials of the Departments at the Union and State level and women's testimonies were collected from the field.

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