The aim of this project was to assess the status of Gender-Responsive Budgeting* (GRB) in Amasia unified community, and also to find out women’s perception of GRB at local level. Additionally, it aimed to stimulate policy change and promote improvement in gender equality for women in Armenia by increasing their participation in creating budgets and policies.
Despite the fact that Armenia has adopted laws promoting gender equality in the recent years, with a key focus on GRB, not much progress has been made in introducing GRB.
In fact, it has not been introduced on any level, whether local or national. Interviews were therefore conducted with local women in order to find out what their needs and perceptions were. At the same time, strategic documents were analyzed in terms of content to find out to what extent gender-sensitive approaches are included.
Information on gender composition in Amasia, based on key documents, was found to be very general and insufficient. Results also showed that women were rather reluctant to influence local policies as they doubted it would make any difference, although this was more common among the older generation.
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*Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a method of budgeting that takes into account the specific needs and experiences of different genders. The purpose is to allocate public resources in a more equitable and effective manner. The approach seeks to identify and address gender-based inequalities in access to resources, services and opportunities, and to ensure that public spending benefits women and men equally. GRB aims to promote gender equality and to achieve sustainable development outcomes.
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