MPs must adopt 2017 gender responsive budget

Pamela Mhlanga :Correspondent

It is that time when our Members of Parliament are debating the 2017 National Budget with a view to adopting it. This is a critical stage of the budget cycle, since it reinforces the priorities that we as a nation have decided deserve to benefit from the national cake.

What we now know is that we have to budget with the anticipated impact of our decisions on ordinary citizens in mind, hence the need to ensure that it is pro poor to address the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups.

What we don’t keep an eye on is the differential impact the budget can have on men and women; one size does not fit all.

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