UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Budgeting for Women's Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW

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AUTHOR D. Elson
ORGANIZATION UNIFEM
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2006
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Political statements and legislation alone will not increase access to services, resources and rights. Progress towards human rights entails monetary investment and a constant scrutiny of economic policies from a rights perspective. Accountability to women’s rights needs to be translated into mobilizing the necessary resources to meet the commitments made by the ratification of CEDAW. This report provides a framework for applying a rights-approach to budgets from a gender perspective that defines the requirements of good budget performance in the planning, formulation and execution stages. It also details the elements that require a critical assessment of budget policy making processes, the appropriateness of budget allocations, and the standard principles for non-discriminatory economic and budgets policies.


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