10General summary, recommendations, and conclusions

I. Introduction

Since its inception about 30 years ago, gender budgeting has spread to over 80 countries in the world and has been recognized as an important, if inadequately implemented, tool in improving women’s and girls’ access to education, health care, and the labor force, and in empowering them economically and politically. Gender budgeting also calls attention to the role that fiscal policies and public financial management can play in promoting gender equality, even when ingrained cultural influences and traditional practices present countervailing pressures.

Early interest in gender budgeting arose mostly in developed countries, perhaps as an outcome of the women’s movements in ...

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