Experts from budgetary departments of Turkish parliament and several ministries of Turkey agreed on that every area of governance needs gender responsive budgeting (GRB) analysis, after a three day workshop held by UN Women in Sapanca, Turkey.
The workshop brought together 35 experts from strategic development and budgetary departments of Turkish Grand National Assembly, Secretariat General of the Presidency, and as well as all ministries in Turkey. Metehan Gültaşlı, GRB Expert from UN Women Turkey Office shared the principles of GRB. The training was also held with the participation of international experts who shared best GRB practices in Balkan countries, especially Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina.
The workshop was held within the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” Project which UN Women implements in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TGNA).
Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Project aims to support relevant bodies of the TGNA and Ministries in exploring and piloting possible measures to enhance a gender responsive budget through providing technical expertise.
Experts from several ministries and TGNA expressed their opinions about the meeting. “The specific actions for gender responsive budgeting were not clear in strategic and action plans. With this workshop, we learned how to implement gender responsive budgeting,” says an expert. One of the expert says, “It was a fruitful and interactive training. We learned the linkage between gender equality and gender responsive budgeting. With GRB analysis we can ensure equality between women and men and empower women.”
Workshop attendees agreed on that with the technical expertise provided by UN Women, they understood that every area of governance needs gender responsive budgeting analysis and they are going to integrate gender responsive budgeting in strategic plans.
UN Women Project Manager Neşe Çakır Sayran said that workshops and trainings are organized to raise awareness about gender responsive budgeting and gender equality so that Ministries and bodies of the Turkish Parliament can prepare budgets with a gender equality perspective.
“The principles of GRB are the same, no matter the size of the project or the country that implements it. The ways to do it, might be different, but sharing ‘best practices’ is always a good way to start. Success stories do not come only from countries as Austria or Iceland, but also from much smaller ones, such as Albania. Sharing similar cultures, traditions and even mentalities will help Turkish expert to extract from the Albanian experience, what is more suitable and applicable to their reality”, says an international expert.
UN Women will organize a second workshop on gender responsive budgeting in March for another 30 participants from ministries and Turkish Parliament.