Organized by United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Gender Responsive Budgeting Training took place in Ankara Metropolitan Municipality conference hall, with participation of Metropolitan Municipality councilors and administrative staff on 13th of September.
Both international and Turkish experts informed participants about the concepts on gender equality and gender responsive budgeting (GRB); inclusion of GRB into the budgeting processes, and roles of Municipality councilors in budgeting processes. In addition, the experts shared global and national good practices o gender responsive municipal services and budgeting.
“Our goal is to sign the European Charter for Equality in Local Life”
In the opening speech of the training, Assistant Secretary General of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Baki Kerimoğlu said: “Gender Responsive Budgeting training is a training that should be prioritized by all local governments and will provide guidance when planning the future. While budgeting, redefining social policies in the form of women friendly policies will be an important step towards solving the problems against women. Our most important goal is to sign the European Charter for Equality in Local Life. Because, we are aware that we will gain the future by creating equal opportunities for women and men by planning our services and budget.”
In her speech, UN Women Turkey Office Country Director Asya Varbanova said: “Gender-responsive budgeting ensures the equal, effective and transparent distribution of public resources and takes into account the needs of women in national and local plans. We believe that Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, which works with a gender-responsive perspective, will set an example in budgeting, as well.”
Head of Pre-Accession and Humanitarian Assistance, Embassy of Sweden, Malin Stawe said: “I think this training will guide the Municipality on gender-sensitive budgeting and its implementation. All these efforts of the Municipality will provide benefits for women and men and pave the way for a model for other cities in Turkey.”
“These Trainings Should Be Widespread”
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality councilor from Kahramankazan district, Hande Sevindik stated: “I think this training is beneficial for everyone working at local level. As a person involved in a male dominated sector, I realized how gender-based and settled our perceptions are and they are not correct. I think this training should be provided everywhere, including the municipalities in rural areas.”
“It’s hard to see women in these positions. Women’s participation into decision-making mechanism is very important. If we can unite and struggle, there will be no obstacles for women. I think that we should spread these trainings and increase the training and awareness activities” said Lale Bektaş, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality councilor from the district of Yenimahalle.
‘Gender Responsive Budgeting Training’ is organised by United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in cooperation with Ankara Metropolitan Municipality within the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey Project” funded by Sweden through Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) involves structuring of the budget process by central and local governments by taking into account the needs and rights of women and men in public services. UN Women aims to raise awareness of public institutions on gender equality through gender-responsive budgeting interventions.