Gender agenda

24 Jan 20

Gender budgeting can do more than advance equality – it can provide an economic boost. However, it requires resources and commitment.

Gender equality and female empowerment have been in the spotlight in many ways in recent months. They took centre stage at the Golden Globes after the #MeToo movement and the subsequent #TimesUp campaign shed light on sexual harassment and inequality. Millions of women and men have shared their stories, revealing instances of sexual assault and harassment everywhere from Hollywood to Westminster. The recent furore over the Presidents Club Charity Dinner in London served to underline this.

At the same time, the OECD has been urging governments to address the gender pay gap – women earn on average 15% less than their male counterparts. Iceland went beyond just enacting an anti-discrimination law, becoming the first country in the world to make paying men more than women illegal from 2018, with financial penalties.

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