Côte d'Ivoire Legislative Strengthening Program hosts Gender Budgeting Workshop in Côte d'Ivoire
On December 6 and 7, 2013, SUNY/CID held a gender budgeting workshop to further integrate and institutionalize gender mainstreaming in Côte d'Ivoire’s budgeting process. SUNY/CID collaborated with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which provided a number of experts for the event. The workshop provided both male and female MPs and staff of the National Assembly the tools to analyze public spending while taking gender into account as a part of their oversight role. By encouraging both genders to work together, the workshop aimed to promote gender equality and improve the lives of the women in Côte d'Ivoire by ensuring the budget addresses investments in both genders to reduce the disparities between men and women.
The workshop, which was held in Grand-Bassam, consisted of five modules each designed to provide tools and considerations for MPs conducting their oversight role on the budget. Each module contained a general presentation providing information on the topic as a means for the participants to engage with the subject, as well as interactive activities, case studies, and group work to ensure that participants not only learned the information but began to apply the information in a controlled setting with their peers. Each session concluded with a question and answer session where experts from the IPU were made available to workshop participants to answer any questions about the contents of the session.
The modules consisted of a general overview on the topics to be covered over the course of the workshop; gender and a gender-sensitive budget; analysis based on gender; Parliament and the budgetary process; and steps, modalities, and strategies taking into account the gender budget analysis and monitoring scripts. More than 30 participants engaged in active discussion about the issues.
Posted January 21, 2014