Mahila Parishad demands proper monitoring of gender budget

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:55, Mar 06,2020

 
 

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad holds a discussion on the monitoring and evaluation of gender budget at its Anwara Begum-Munira Khan Auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Women rights organisation Bangladesh Mahila Parishad on Thursday demanded proper monitoring and evaluation of the government’s gender budget.

The parishad made the demand at a discussion at its Segunbagicha office.

Women rights activists lamented the lack of transparency and the inefficiency of different ministries in handling their respective gender allocations. They also lamented the lack of evaluation of projects after their implementations.

They alleged that the budget being misallocated failed to reach the target women.

The parishad general secretary Maleka Banu lauded the government for setting gender budget since 2008 to curb gender discrimination and empowerment of women. But it is not monitored whether the fund reaches women and how efficiently the ministries use the fund, she said.

Dhaka University economics professor Sayema Haque Bidisha said that despite yearly increases in the gender budget, it turned into a just matter of some figures because of the mismanagement.

Health Economics Unit director general Mohammad Shahadt Hossain Mahmud said that the government allocated enough budgets in gender issues but the implementing agencies failed to use the fund properly maintaining transparency.

He said that the government should also review whether the budget benefited the women or not.

The parishad acting president Fauzia Moslem, Jahangirnagar University economics professor Sormindo Nilormi, among others, spoke at the discussion.

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