What is gender equality, and why does it matter?
In its Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations states that as well as being a fundamental human right, gender equality is “a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”, and that “providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”
It’s an issue that’s also in forefront of the Welsh Government’s mind as they work toward their goal of becoming Britain’s first feminist government – an aim that was announced in May 2018 by the then First Minister, Carwyn Jones. The Welsh Government has been working on a Gender Equality Review, delivered by charity Chwarae Teg to help it reach this goal.
Below we outline our work on gender equality for Welsh Government:
Tackling Inequality through Gender Budgeting
Gender budgeting is an approach to public policy making that puts gender analysis at the heart of budget processes, public finance and economic policy, as a means of advancing gender equality. It is a critical review of how budgetary allocations affect the economic and social opportunities of women and men, and it seeks to restructure revenue and spending decisions to eliminate unequal outcomes, while understanding the contexts in which those differences arise.
This report synthesises evidence on gender budgeting, presenting experiences from national and sub-national governments, and civil society actors from around the world. It includes examples of gender budgeting tools, methods and approaches which operate across multiple stages of the budget process and support longer term implementation.
Gender Equality – Learning from Nordic Nations
There is no ‘quick fix’ for gender equality, and nor is there a blueprint for success; it looks different in different nations, and is always a work-in-progress.
This report summarises discussions from a gender equality knowledge exchange, facilitated by Wales Centre for Public Policy, between experts from Nordic nations, Welsh Government ministers and officials, and Chwarae Teg.
Podcast - PEP Talk Episode 3: Gender Equality
In our latest podcast we ask what gender equality looks like in practical terms, what it looks like in other countries, and what still needs to happen before reaching the Welsh Government's aim of becoming the UK's first feminist government. Guests include Cerys Furlong (Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg, Wales' leading gender equality charity), Dr Angela O'Hagan (Co-Director of the Centre for Economic Justice), and Magnus Jacobson (Gender expert and Communication Strategist at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR))