Full text: Gender budgeting in Europa (99)

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? Providing a critical reflection on the ongoing implementation of GB in Berlin, which 
started in 2002 – for example we did a “shadow report”, commenting on the second re-
port on Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Budgeting in Berlin delivered by the Berlin 
Senat.  
All members of the Initiative are working on a voluntary basis. The participants in this group are 
women from NGOs, foundations, scientists, parties and labour unions. The initiative is part of the 
participation process because it functions as an NGO. However, it is connected to groups of the 
women’s movement in Berlin, though this could be intensified. It was involved in the Berlin people’s 
Budget Initiatives, however many do not longer exist. In Berlin Lichtenberg a people’s budget is go-
ing on, also reflecting gender-aspects. 
The initiative was active in the Berlin-election in 2001, introducing Gender Budgeting into the elec-
tion campaign. A first step was an open letter to the parties in Berlin and the representatives of the 
local government. This letter was signed by 104 individuals and 26 organisations/ associations. The 
Senate from Berlin decided to implement GB with support from women from different parties. After 
the election, the initiative set up talks with politicians and selected members of the Berlin admini-
stration in order to get Gender Budgeting going quickly. 
The initiative has a seat in the political process in Berlin the working group for Gender Budgeting in 
the respective commission (Landeskommission).  
The initiative did not analyse budgets by itself because the administration is doing so in Berlin. The 
Berlin Senate nowadays focuses on a benefits incidents analysis, relying heavily on quantitative 
data. The Initiative is pushing for making the analysis more qualitative orientated.  
In the “shadow report” of the initiative to comment on the implementation process of GB in Berlin 
the following points are highlighted:  
? It is not enough to state that there are quantitative disparities in the budget and not look 
at the causes of these disparities. It would be helpful to interlink Gender Mainstreaming 
with Gender Budgeting activities to design policies in the respective sectors which are 
addressing disparities or actively promoting gender equality.  
? The Initiative holds a seat in the main implementation committee. We push topics like 
communication strategy between politicians and the administration, to build up gender 
competence through external experts, also to establish a network with universities, to 
demand financial support for the process. 
? Some members of the initiative are working as external experts in the implementation 
process and are involved in the pre-feasibility study for the implementation of Gender 
Budgeting on national level. 
The initiative tries to influence the budgetary process by lobbying: Shadow report, public relations 
(flyer), networking with other civic groups, critical questioning of politicians, organising events in 
GB. We have a Germany wide Gender Budgeting webpage, where you can find all activities and 
reports: www.gender-budgets.de. 
We are initiated network meetings with other Gender Budgeting initiatives and groups in Germany 
and we started with an co-ordinated activities (letter to the administration in Munich). 
Lobbying activities include presentations of the initiative activities at local, national and international 
meetings and congresses (Berlins women’s centre, at Femme Global, at international congresses 
from political Foundations Heinrich Böll), in the local government, presentation of the activities in 
Poland. 
The initiative was active in the Berlin-election in 2001, introducing Gender Budgeting into the elec-
tion campaign. A first step was an open letter to the parties in Berlin and the representatives of the 
local government. This letter was signed by 104 individuals and 26 organisations/ associations. The
        

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