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Gender Budgeting – Integration of a gender perspective in the budgetary process

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One of the Nordic Council of Ministers' long-term goals is to support the Nordic countries to mainstream a gender equality perspective into the national budget and budgetary process. A further aim is to ensure that this perspective is given prominence in change work in the Nordic welfare states. One such area of work is referred to internationally as gender budgeting. This is the final report of a joint three-year project between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The finance ministries and ministries responsible for gender equality affairs have engaged in development work, exchanged ideas and experience concerning the work of mainstreaming a gender equality perspective into the national budget and budgetary process in each country. The aim of the report is to present the knowledge and experience that the project has helped generate and to provide recommendations on how gender budgeting in central government administrations may be successfully accomplished.

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Norway

Responsibility for developing, coordinating and promoting the advancement of equality between women and men rests with the Minister of Children and Equality. Responsibility for gender equality as a sector is based in the Department of Family and Gender Equality. The Department is collectively responsible for gender equality considerations horizontally across all its assignments. The development and implementation of the strategy aimed at integrating gender and equality perspectives in all areas of policy and in the budgeting work of all sectors of the central administration (as well as at the regional and local levels) is the work of the Team (Unit) for Gender Equality and Human Rights. In the coordination of our efforts to integrate gender and equality perspectives in the work on the Fiscal Budget, we cooperate closely with the Department of Planning and Administration, which coordinates the budgeting work of the various departments.

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