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Moving from commitment to practice in a covid-19 context
A Stakeholder Consultation for Informing Gender Transformative Financing and
Budgeting (2021-22)

Organised by Feminist Policy Collective (FPC), November 23-24, 2020

Globally, following the COVID-19 crisis, governments are formulating budget responses and developing economic recovery plans. These budgets, recovery plans and relief packages cannot afford to be gender blind. Evidence and data over the past several months shows the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women and girls. Progress made on several measures of gender equality and women’s rights are potentially at risk of being reversed. The Government of India has begun preparing the Annual Union Budget (2021-22). In this context, all policies and relief measures need to be designed using a gender lens and account for the intersectionalities and other vulnerabilities faced by women and girls in the current context to build forward better.

The planned stakeholder consultation with practitioners, civil society, academia, policy makers and the government aims to derive insights on what the next year’s budget might do, to alleviate as well as assuage some of the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and the lockdown measures on women and girls. These insights will be shared along with relevant data with concerned Ministries, to inform priorities for the upcoming budget for 2021-22.

Read more at FPC Ideas for Union Budget 2021-22.