Full text: Gender budgeting in Europa (99)

14 3. Resolution Gender Budgeting in Europe NOW! Gender Budgeting in Europe – NOW! Resolution addressed to decision makers in the European Union The Situation of Women and Men in Europe ? Women still earn much less than men for work of equal value. ? Women still do about 75 % of unpaid care work in Europe. ? Women are at greater risk of poverty than men in 17 out of 25 member states. ? Women are subject to men’s violence: according to the EP, 30-35% of women have been victims of physical violence, including psychological violence 45-50% of women have been affected. ? Women are better educated than men. ? Women still are a minority in relevant positions of power. It is time to act! Now! More than 10 years ago, governments committed themselves to Gender Budgeting at the World Women’s Conference in Beijing. The call for gender budgeting is equally rooted in the EU commitment to gender main- streaming and firmly based in the Treaty (Articles 2 and 3). Article 3(2) of the Treaty stipu- lates that equality between men and women must be promoted in all EU activities and that the Community shall aim to eliminate inequalities. Current budgetary and macroeconomic policies in Europe are gender-blind. It is time to act! Now! Gender Budgeting contributes to the quality of public finance by enhancing governmental transparency, accountability, efficiency and equality in the use of public finance. Gender Budgeting is a strategy to promote gender equality in macroeconomic and budgetary poli- cies. It is an important strategy for ensuring greater consistency between economic goals and social commitments. Studies have highlighted the costs of gender inequality to produc- tivity, efficiency and economic progress. A restructuring of public finance according to gen-

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