EU EXPERT CALLS FOR AT LEAST ONE PCT OF NATIONAL BUDGETS TO GO TO GENDER ISSUES

At least one per cent of the Mozambican State budget should be earmarked for activities focused on gender equality, according to Raquel Credmades, a European Union (EU) specialist in gender-responsive budgeting.

Speaking to journalists after the close of a seminar in Chidenguele, a resort in the southern province of Gaza, to build the capacity of Mozambican women parliamentarians to inspect budgets from a gender perspective, Cremades said Sunday that she reached the one per cent figure based on calculations of the State budgets in the five Portuguese-speaking African countries.

“The international statistics indicate that at least one per cent of the State budget should be allocated to questions of gender,” said Cremades, who noted that national plans which deal with gender issues contained actions to be implemented, but faced a lack of financial resources.

Cremades said that the Mozambican budget for 2016 allocated only 0.1 per cent of total expenditure for questions of gender.

However, it is difficult to make such calculations, because there is no specific line for gender questions, either in the State budget, or in the annual Economic and Social Plan. Cremades urged women MPs to identify where gender issues could be tackled and to monitor expenditure on them.

More than 80 deputies took part in the one-day seminar. Jovial Setima, of the ruling Frelimo Party, told reporters she hoped that such training events would continue, but with more than just a day for discussions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.