Marrakech, Nov 9, 2012 (MAP)
Morocco is one of the leading countries in the field of Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB), said on Friday, the UN Women Regional Director of the Arab States, Sameera al-Tuwaijiri, hailing the efforts made by the Kingdom to bridge the gender gap.
Speaking at the high level conference on Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) Friday which opened in Marrakech, Mrs. al-Tuwaijiri called for supporting the initiatives aimed at improving gender integration in public budgeting, adding that the UN action in the field of GRB focuses on the adoption of collective approaches, mainly on the part of finance ministries and civil society, to ensure the continuity of such initiatives.
She hailed the agreement signed between Morocco and the EU on the support of gender-equality enhancing programs, noting that the issue requires a review of priorities and joining the efforts of all the parties concerned.
UN Resident Coordinator in Morocco, Bruno Pouezat said, for his part that the conference is an opportunity to highlight the success of the Moroccan experience in gender-responsive budgeting which had been given a greater impetus within the new Constitution. He also underlined the UN’s support for the countries’ efforts to integrate the gender approach in their budgets, considering this tendency as an essential mechanism to foster the principles of transparency in public policies.
Organized by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and UN Women, the conference focuses on assessing various GRB experiments and approaches with a view to providing better guidance, results-based and gender-responsive budgeting and on exchange of best practices and responses considered as means to contend with a multiplicity of global crises and their effects on gender equality.
It also focuses on developing a joint approach to providing the ways and means of mainstreaming human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment within budgetary reforms envisaged in response to economic and fiscal crises, fostering ownership and innovation in terms of the tools and systems used for management monitoring and the promotion of financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment.