Nagaland University has hosted a three-day state-level workshop on gender budgeting for gender equality in rural areas.
The workshop began at the Merima Campus of the university on Wednesday.
The workshop plans to review the rational role of gender budgeting as a tool for gender equality and also examine the policy initiatives, programmes, schemes and projects for gender mainstreaming and gender-inclusive development.
Another objective of the workshop is to discuss the tools of gender budgeting at the state level, examine the problems, constraints and difficulties in gender budgeting at different levels and role of various stakeholders and key players in gender budgeting.
The workshop is being sponsored by union ministry of women and child development and organised by Nagaland National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, North Eastern Regional Centre, in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Centre and the department of education, Nagaland University.
Speaking at the inaugural programme, adviser to information and public relations and State Council for Educational Research and Training Toshi Wungtung said political empowerment for the women in the state is the need of the hour as it is a tool to formulate policies.
He said gender budgeting should be sustainable in approach while regulating and forming various policies in different sectors of society.
Wungtung called for empowering women politically and partnering with them in evaluating and formulating policies in the state.
He said although the state government had passed a resolution that every department must go into gender budgeting there is still much needs to be done.
Wungtung hoped that the workshop will bring about a sustainable approach towards empowering women on gender budgeting for an equal and healthy society.