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We need more than ‘gender-responsive budgeting’

  • Namira Samir

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13, 2019   /  08:02 am
We need more than ‘gender-responsive budgeting’ Women tend to have fewer choices than men on what they want to do with their lives. (JP/Budhi Button)

Inequality of opportunity between the genders is shrinking but at a laborious pace. With a 32 percent average gender gap among 149 countries, the World Economic Forum in 2018 forecast that women will have to wait 108 more years to no longer feel disadvantaged — a time frame no one can afford. Having realized the hazards of gender inequality in Indonesia’s development progress, such as a high dependency rate, low income per capita and lower productivity, the government has adopted “gender-responsive budgeting”. Through the state budget, billions of rupiah have been allocated for different forms of social assistance aiming to improve the lives of women. Millions of jobs are created and the number of unemployed Indonesians continues to decline: from 6.87 million in February 2018 to 6.82 million in February 2019. There is only one thing that Indonesia does be...

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