In Colombia, planning and projecting the future with a gender perspective is one of the most transformative and rapid strategies for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights.
The country has been a good practice in this sense and it is expected that from the point of view of the new National Development Plan (PND) 2022 – 2026, continues to consolidate these instruments with the 5.4 trillion pesos that appeared in the previous plan in the Pluriannual Investment Plan, Within the framework of the Treaty for the Equality of Women.
Globally, more than 90 countries use budgeting with a gender perspective, including Canada, Spain, Italy, Rwanda, Morocco and Zimbabwe to name a few.
In Latin America, countries like Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru and Uruguay have developed strategies to make gender equality a reality In the public management of their governments.
For this reason, the Government of Canada, UN Women, the President’s Council for Women’s Equality and the Department of National Planning formalized the Budget for Equality Coalition on January 19.
It is an initiative that aims to provide technical assistance to the governments of Antioquia and Meta and the municipalities of Cumberle, Timbiki, Santander de Quilichao, Villavicencio, Macao, as well as in the justice, labor, agriculture, commerce and environment sectors. Riohacha, Cartagena and Santa Marta, to identify strategic projects that address the needs of women and girls.
The initiative also seeks to strengthen the use of the Budget Tracer for Women’s Equality, a tool that, from 2019, allows public investment to be more effectively and efficiently directed toward closing the gender gap. it allows To identify and optimize the resources allocated in favor of equality between men and women in all programs and projects at the national and regional level.
In Colombia, regional pilots have been carried out where women’s expression, mobility, security, planning and finance sectors, He redistributed budget priorities to areas where women were most affected, thus improving their living conditions.
For this reason, as part of the alliance, work will be done with women’s organizations in the said territories. Beneficiaries will receive support to strengthen their leadership and articulation capacity in dialogue with national and regional institutions to use Tracer and specify their work agenda in the sectors more effectively.
The alliance also predicts developments in regional development plans to be drawn up with the arrival of new local officials to be elected in October 2024 so that women’s voices are at the center of this planning exercise.
In this regard, UN Women Colombia’s Country Representative Bibiana Aido said: “There are only eight years left to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. In that period Colombia will have two development plans (2022-2026 and 2027). – 2030), two new public policy tools that are critical to follow through on the commitment, and it is essential that women’s rights with associated budgets be included and gender mainstreamed to ensure that any Do not be left behind”.
On her part, Marianique Tremblay, Canada’s ambassador to Colombia, stressed that “both Canadian and Colombian public administrations have an important role to play in addressing the needs and priorities of women and girls in order to continue closing the gender gap. Its It means mobilizing public resources and using them in a more efficient, transparent and fair manner with positive outcomes for the entire population.