Achieving Gender Equality Through Gender Responsive Budgeting: A Case of Mutoko Rural District Council
Wachenuka, Tatenda N.
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The study aimed at establishing the role Gender Responsive Budgeting plays in addressing gender inequality in Mutoko RDC. The Research assumed a qualitative research design to gather and analyse data. Questionnaires and semi structured interviews were used to gather information from both the residents of Mutoko RDC and key informants to gather both information pertaining to the existence of gender inequalities and how the council has adopted gender responsive budgeting to address them through simple random sampling and purposive sampling. Information gathered was presented and analysed thematically and presented using tables, graphs and pie charts. The findings demonstrate that the major factors leading to the existence of gender inequalities include Social Cultural Values (Tradition), Gender Biases and Lack of Access to Finance, Lack of Women Participation in Decision Making and Failure to Complete School by Girls. Gender Inequality has proven to deter development in societies that it thrives. Conclusively it should be noted that Mutoko RDC has since adopted Gender Responsive Budgeting which are initiatives which analyses how governments raise and spend public money with the aim of securing gender equality in decision making about public resource allocation. GRB has helped with the provision of infrastructure for better health service provision for women as well as improvements in water sanitation access that has reduced the burden of household chores for women and through mainstreaming women’s participation in decision making has been significantly improved. It is however recommended that the parent ministry of RDCs should develop, implement and monitor the adoption of budget call circulars and MRDC should effectively implement GRB using the targeted specific allocations approach based on women’s and other vulnerable groups identified needs.