Demanding gender-sensitive budgeting
Let’s say that you want to make sure that public policies and laws implemented by your local and central government address concerns that are specifically related to your gender. For example, you have heard that the municipality plans to introduce a new grants scheme to support businesses owned by youth. You should know that the Law on Gender Equality gives you the right to demand from decision-makers that they take into account gender related concerns during the drafting of such spending initiatives. The Law on Gender Equality defines “gender sensitive budgeting” as the integration of gender issues into the budget process. What this means in practical terms is that public authorities should take into account gender dimensions while designing spending initiatives such as the grant scheme. During the drafting of the budget, they could for example stipulate a quota saying that 30% of the grants should go to businesses owned by women. The legal basis for gender-sensitive measures in the budgeting process is found in other clauses of the Law on Gender Equality, such as Clause 6, which allows public authorities to undertake special measures to promote gender equality, such as quotas, special programs and other measures to improve the position of men and women in the workforce, education and health.