Women’s Budget Forum

In 2004 the Adva center created the “Women’s budget Forum” (WBF) a network of feminist organizations that works together in order to mainstream a gender perspective into national and municipal budgets as well as into public policy.

The WBF served as a powerful tool in introducing the idea of GRB to feminist organizations in Israel and in lobbying the concept at the government and parliament. Looking at economic issues from a gender perspective turned out to be an objective that enabled the cooperation of Jewish and Palestinian feminist organizations in the context of a continuing conflict. The WBF combined knowledge from the field work done by its feminist organizations, economic research done by the Adva Center and advocacy work.

This unique combination boosted a public discussion about the gender implications of national projects and budgets. Once the idea of GRB was incorporated into the feminist discourse and promoted by a number of politicians and public officials, the WBF began to work also at the municipal level. Local budgets not only have great gender implications on city residents but are also easier to change than national ones. The WBF conducted courses on social economics and training in GRB for municipal advisors on the status of women, elected officials, local authority officials and local community leaders.

The knowledge learnt at these courses mobilized participants to incorporate GRB two methods into local budget-making in order to promote women at the local level.

After several pilot projects, the Adva Center has developed a method of intervention at the local level that consists of a training course accompanied by a community action worker that helps course participants to translate community problems into policy issues and design accordingly a program of intervention. To date, hundreds of women – Jewish and Palestinian – from all over the country have participated in these courses and used GRB methods to improve their situation and that of their communities.

The cumulative effect of research, lobby, public discussion through the media and grassroots actions resulted recently in the establishment of a committee for gender budgeting at the Finance Ministry’s budgeting department and the submission of a proposed law mandating gender budgeting at the national level.

When a Feminist Initiative is Institutionalized: Gender Responsive Budgeting | August 17, 2020

Feminist organizations and researchers pioneered the field of gender budgeting and 15 years later the government institutionalized it. Yet, it is not enough. Gender responsive budgeting cannot be reduced to data-rich statistical reports that are published along with the budget. It also requires taking into account the voices of women

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Resolution of Feminist Economists gathering at the IAFFE conference in Berlin, July 16-18, 2015
בחינה מגדרית של תקציב המדינה

Cherchez la Femme in the National Budget of Israel: UPDATE | July 8, 2015

The work begun by the Adva Center 11 years ago is taking root!

Cherche la Femme in the National Budget of Israel | November 19, 2014

This year, for the first time, the books that comprise the proposed budget of the State of Israel for fiscal 2015 include the beginnings of a gender analysis of the budgets of government ministries and agencies.

What about the Working Woman? | May 26, 2013

A Gender Perspective on the Budget Arrangements Law for Fiscal 2013-2014

Guide: How to Conduct a Gender Audit of Municipal Budgets | February 12, 2013

This guide offers guidelines for conducting a gender audit of local authority budgets
שוויון מגדרי ברשויות מקומיות באר-שבע

Gender and Municipal Budgets | November 28, 2011

Final Projects for the Course in beersheba 2011

Gender Equality Initiatives in Transportation Policy | July 10, 2011

This paper reviews current trends and initiatives in transportation policy from a gender perspective

10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Women in Israel (2010) | January 9, 2011

Population, Politics, Employment etc.

Through a Gender Lens 2011/2012 | January 2, 2011

The national budget of Israel for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 was approved by the Knesset at the end of December 2010. It appears that the budget approved is far from final, as two factors are expected to lead to an increase in the budget in the course of the coming year. The first is … Continue reading Through a Gender Lens 2011/2012 →

A Need for Non-Transferable Paternity Leave in Israel | December 23, 2010

The Women’s Budget Forum recommends that Israel follow the lead of European Union countries and designate a paid non-transferable paternity leave

Enhancing Equality between Men and Women in the EuroMed Region | September 1, 2009

The report provides an inventory of the national efforts in Israel, between 2006 and 2008, towards the realization of women’s equal rights in the areas of decision-making (in the political system, legislative system, judicial system, government corporations, military, general labor market and efforts in peace-making), employment (gender mainstreaming, pregnancy and maternity protections, child care services), … Continue reading Enhancing Equality between Men and Women in the EuroMed Region →

Through a Gender Lens: Looking at the National Budget Proposal and the Budget Arrangements Law for Fiscal Years 2009/2010 | July 1, 2009

This newest report in a serious of annual reports on the gender implications of Israel’s national budget is for two years – 2009 and 2010 – and analyzes both revenues and expenditures. Revenue sources examined include income and corporate taxes, the health tax, and legislation invalidating a national labor court decision making childcare expenses tax-deductible. … Continue reading Through a Gender Lens: Looking at the National Budget Proposal and the Budget Arrangements Law for Fiscal Years 2009/2010 →

Government’s “Acceleration Plan” Not Gender-Sensitive | January 25, 2009

Increasing Women’s Workforce Participation: What Works Where? | November 10, 2008

Seventh Annual Adva Center Conference on Budgets and Gender.

Arab Women in the Labor Market | February 3, 2008

This position paper reports on the status of Arab women in the labor market, barriers that impede their integration into jobs, and proposals for removing these barriers

Budget 2008 Through Gender Lens | December 18, 2007

Women’s Employment in the days of Privatization | November 28, 2007

Sixth Annual Adva Center Conference on Budget and Gender.

The State Guarantee Fund for Small Businesses | February 1, 2007

This paper examines the Fund’s conditions for granting assistance and their gender consequences

Compensation to Women in Northern Israel for Financial Losses Resulting from the War | August 30, 2006

The Israeli Welfare Reform: A Gender Perspective | July 1, 2006

Microcredit and Incubators for Small Businesses | April 1, 2006

Budget allocations are needed to help poor women start their own businesses. A good model is already up and operating.

A Gender Perspective on the Proposed 2006 Budget for the State of Israel | January 1, 2006

A Gender Perspective of the Proposed Budget for the State of Israel: 2005 Fiscal Year | December 1, 2004

Women and the New International Trade Agreements | November 8, 2004

Will the provision of education, health and social welfare services in Israel be opened to multinational corporations?" Keynote address by Ms. Mohau Pheko at the third annual Adva Center conference on engendering budgets.

Two Years of Destructive Policies. Critique of the Budget Proposal for Israel for Fiscal 2004, from a Gender Perspective | November 1, 2003

Women as Commodities: Trafficking in Women in Israel – 2003 | August 1, 2003

Time Use Surveys and Gender Equality | October 1, 2002

How the Israel State Budget Bill for Fiscal 1999 Will Affect Women | November 1, 1998

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