Efforts to Integrate Gender into COVID-19 Fiscal Stimulus

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This brief paper was written by UN Women, in consultation with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) and the Institute for Social Transformation, drawing on national E-conference in May 2020 on inclusiveness in the National Budget 2020/2021. The paper targets Legislators and the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), calling for Government to assess the impacts of COVID-19 and other natural disasters on different vulnerable groups. It recommends adjustments to the National Budget for the financial year 2020/21 to respond to immediate needs and people's current realities. The paper proposes realistic fiscal stimulus measures to address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, with gender equality central to all response and recovery plans.