Volltext: Gender budgeting in Europa (99)

112 Research interests: Budget and tax policy, tax competition and harmonisation, fiscal federalism, gender budgeting. Current projects: Gender budget analysis for Upper Austria; Gender budget analysis of the budget (tax revenues and expenditures) of the Austrian Ministry of Finance. Stiefel Elisabeth (Germany) I always had a soft spot for statistics. When in early 2000 the IAFFE Mailing List announced the conference ‘Gender Auditing of Government Budgets’, I registered immediately and travelled to Rome. After the event I evaluated its outcome for several German media. The Hans Böckler Stif- tung (Foundation of the German unions) invited me to write a study on the meaning of Gender Budgeting for equal opportunity projects and Gender Mainstreaming. In the publication, I embedded the new strategy in social movements and the vision of a service economy (Title: Stadt der Män- ner? Stadt der Frauen – Stadt für alle, Arbeitspapier 60, 2002, 96 p., 15 €, Order: HBS, Hans- Böckler-Str. 39, D-40476 Düsseldorf). Since that time, I am involved in the discourse on Gender Budgeting in Germany. I am convinced that the potential of the Gender Budget surpasses Gender Mainstreaming. Gender Budgeting can contribute to sustainable urban development and establish guidelines for a European Social Model. Villagómez Elizabeth (Spain) Elizabeth Villagómez is a PhD in Economics with special interest in labour market issues (including the effects of the tax-benefit system on women’s economic activity) and applied economic analysis to social issues, in particular gender. She was the Economic Governance Adviser for UNIFEM (Uni- ted Nations Development Fund for Women) in New York managing the global programme on gen- der budgets supported by the Belgian Government with implementation in 14 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America from May 2001 to May 2002. Since then she has mainly been involved in training NGOs, parliamentarians and government personnel in GB. She has also prepared primer and review documents on GB for UNECE, UNFPA and the Council of Europe. She is a founding partner of Alemanra Estudios Económicos y Sociales, S.L (a private consulting firm) and she has been project management and senior researcher for various projects related to issues of budgets including: Cost of Domestic Violence for the Andalusian Women’s Institute; “Effects of Social Secu- rity Systems on Reconciliation of Work and Family Life in the EU”, “Study on the social repercus- sions of an opt-out from the provisions of the working time directive”, and “Multiplication Effects of EU Direct and Indirect Instruments to Compliment National Funding” for the European Parliament. She is also the Economic Advisor for the social and economic rights programme for the UNIFEM Eastern Europe Regional Office including development of the strategy for gender responsive budg- eting in the region and supporting NGOs in developing their own evidence based advocacy tools (mainly in the area of economic rights). She is also the expert for Spain in the 'Group of non gov- ernmental experts in the fight against poverty and social exclusion' for the European Commission. Further participants: Alifia Chakera, Great Britain Hannah Golda, Austria Katharina Mader, Austria Mascha Madörin, Switzerland Gabriele Michalitsch, Austria María Pazos, Spain

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