Gender Inequality in Russia: The Perspective of Participatory Gender Budgeting


Zakirova, Venera. 2014. “Gender Inequality in Russia: The Perspective of Participatory Gender Budgeting.” Reproductive Health Matters 22 (44): 202-12.

Author: Venera Zakirova


Gender-based discrimination is found in all economies in the world. Women's unpaid work accounts for about half of the world GDP, yet women remain under-valued and under-represented in national policies worldwide. The question of gender  and citizens' participation in budgeting and governance processes has gained attention in recent years, but Russia is far from implementing these. Instead, blindness to gender issues dominates in national strategies and budgets. This paper explores these issues and looks in-depth at them in the decentralisation process in Bashkortostan, a central Russian republic. Civil society institutions whose role is to strengthen the links between government, civil society and the community in Bashkortostan, such as Public Chambers and Municipalities, lack the capacity to introduce participatory gender budgeting. As a result, no systematic participatory planning, let alone planning that is gender-sensitive, has taken place there.


Keywords: gender budgeting, governance, civil society, russia, citizen participation

Topics: Civil Society, Gender, Gender Budgeting Regions: Asia, Europe Countries: Russian Federation

Year: 2014

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