Gender perspectives should be integrated into the budgetary process

February 12, 2024 at 1:29 PM

Gender perspectives should be integrated into the budgetary process to promote gender equality and social inclusivity as women’s participation in the formal labour force in Sri Lanka has traditionally been lower than that of men, the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus was informed. 

The comment was made when the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus met recently (Feb 08) in Parliament under the Chairmanship of State Minister (Dr.) (Mrs.) Seetha Arambepola in the first phase and (Dr.) (Mrs.) Sudarshini Fernandopulle during the second phase.

According to a Parliament statement, the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus met to further discuss matters with the relevant stakeholders to discuss the proposed gender-responsive budgeting Bill. 

Accordingly, it was agreed that a framework should be developed for incorporating gender considerations into budget formulation, implementation, and evaluation and to establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track the impact of gender budgeting initiatives.

Furthermore, the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus also took into discussion strategizing the 25% quota for women’s representation in Parliament. Accordingly, the Caucus was of the view that a strategy should be put in place to change the societal perception of women in leadership. The Caucus also acknowledged the importance of working towards championing 25% or more female representation in Parliament and mobilizing women, who constitute 50% of the country’s population for this task.

In the third phase of discussions held, the Caucus took into discussion allowing mothers with children of 2-5 years of age to migrate to work.

State Minister (Mrs.) Geetha Kumarasinghe and Members of Parliament (Mrs.) Rohini Kumari, (Dr.) Harsha de Silva, (Mrs.) Manjula Dissanayake and (Mrs.) Kokila Gunawardene were present at the Committee meeting. (NewsWire)