How much money, do we as a country spend on women? Do we even know? Short answer – yes. Longer answer – yes, but…
To understand how much money we spend on women, more than ten years ago, India adopted a process called ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting’.
GRB lets you use the budget as a starting point to apply a gendered lens to the entire policy process. It answers questions such as how much different ministries spend on women, what are the schemes where a 100 per cent money is spent on women, what are the schemes where at least 30 per cent is spent on women?
It mostly goes unnoticed. There is a burp every February-March-April, when a smatter of stories appear in the media on ‘Gender Budgeting’.
Rest of the year, these numbers remain ignored. Imagine the questions we, as journalists, could ask — how much is being spent, why, why only so much, what happens to this money, what more could be done. It is long due.
Let us open up this Potli.
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Image of the burp in stories: From MIT Medialab’s Mediacloud.
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