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Government budgets and the promotion of gender equality in Japan and South Korea

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  • Government budgets and the promotion of gender equality in Japan and South Korea
  • Ichii, Reina; Sharp, Rhonda
  • University of South Australia


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Title Government budgets and the promotion of gender equality in Japan and South Korea
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Ichii, Reina; Sharp, Rhonda

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Adelaide:University of South Australia

Date 2013-12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Financial Policy
Social Development
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Abstract

This paper will focus on key aspects of attempts to link gender equality policies and government budgets in Japan and South Korea. Japan’s Act for gender equality provides for gender impact assessment. This has enabled it, on occasions, to integrate a gender perspective into some important policy processes, but the links with the funding decision-making processes are weak. In contrast, South Korea has a financial law that directly links the budget with its gender equality policies. The 2006 Financial Act mandated the integration of a gender perspective, including a gender budget statement into budgetary processes but this does not always contribute to policy changes that promote gender equality. The findings help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into planning, policy and budgetary processes and outcomes.

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Paper presented to the IAFFE panel of the Society of Heterodox Economics Conference University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 2-3, 2013