Gender budget analysis is an approach which systematically takes account of how public spending decisions impact on women and men.
Gender budget analysis exposes the gender bias within resource allocation processes that are assumed to be gender neutral, and aims to strengthen gender equality of outcomes across all public expenditure and government departments.
The Equality and Budget Advisory Group reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, and since 2009 Scottish Government has published an equality budget statement alongside its annual draft budget.
In large part, progress on gender budgeting has been because of the work of Scottish Women’s Budget Group. SWBG is an independent campaigning and research group which campaigns for gender budget analysis in the Scottish and local authority budgets.
The SWBG website contains further information on gender budgeting, and information on how to join.
Gender Equality Pays: The economic case for addressing women's labour market inequality This paper presents research into the link between gender equality and economic benefit.