The Second Women's Budget
Ms Debbie Budlender’s report on the Women's Budget Initiative from 1995-2002 picked up on some of the key issues raised by Ms Govender. In her reportback, Ms Budlender gave a broad overview of the research and other work undertaken as part of the Women's Budget Initiative. In the first three years, the Women's Budget Initiative produced three books that covered all the different votes in the national budget. The following year it focused on case studies of local governments from Cape Town to Lebowakgomo. It also undertook a study of donor funding to government, revenue, poverty relief allocations and of how government spending was impacting on job creation. In the fifth year, the Women's Budget Initiative undertook a study of different types of revenue and how the national, provincial and local spheres were working together to formulate policy and budgets for health care delivery. The research and publications proved that every aspect of government activity affected women and men in different ways. Bearing this in mind, the Women's Budget Initiative does not advocate and argue for a separate budget for women. It is not interested in how much Government allocates to the Office on the Status of Women or the Commission on Gender Equality (though these are important considerations). Instead the Women's Budget Initiative advocates ensuring that the whole budget is spent in a way that promotes equity for women and men, boys and girls and different sub-groups.
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