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  • Writer's pictureLinda Mans

Gender Budgeting in The Netherlands

Our paper that assesses if the Netherlands uses gender budgeting in its policies, especially in relation to its use of the European Structural Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) recently got published.

Mieke Verloo and I concluded that the Dutch government makes little or no use of gender impact assessments and gender budgeting, while there is enough expertise available, and plenty of data disaggregated to gender and other indicators. Also, Dutch Parliamentarians, Dutch Non-Governmental Organisations and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) made earlier appeals.

The paper was part of the mutual learning seminar, held in Bratislava on the 4th and 5th February 2020, that focused on gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting in two strands: the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF); and national budgets. The seminar discussed good practice from the Slovak Republic, and the associated countries, the Czech Republic and Austria. Mieke Verloo, Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at Radboud University in the Netherland, participated as independent expert in this seminar.

In the past, the Netherlands has applied gender mainstreaming. It still successfully promotes international norms on equality between women and men through its overseas development assistance and diplomatic channels. More pressure will be needed for the country to do something. Therefore, we emphasise the need to provide clear and binding guidelines to Member States, and compulsory requirements on gender equality in all the post-2020 Operational Programmes in all funds.

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