Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas
Featuring Guest Speakers: Omna Sreeni-Ong, Founder & Principal Consultant from ENGENDER Consultancy, and Sri Murniati Yusuf, Deputy Research Director from IDEAS Malaysia
The national budget, every year, is a contentious topic for some citizens, primarily the discriminatory allocation of funds in certain departments. But beyond that, it is alarming that many might not know the importance of the national budget as well as its purpose. After all, the budget defines how public funds are raised, how they are utilized, and who benefits from them by tracking where it comes and goes.
Just last year, the Malaysian Parliament approved the country’s largest budget with a total of RM332.1 billion. However, the lack of gender-focused policies and insufficient gender analysis across various sectors and ministries is concerning as it once again shows that gender equality is not at the forefront of Malaysia’s fiscal policy.
In this episode, we talk about the need for gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in fighting for gender and fiscal justice, what GRB really means, and how can we analyze the national budget from a gender lens.
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These are the personal opinions of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of their organizations or institutions.