Ministry of Finance and women’s NGOs to prepare gender-responsive budget from 2023, PM says

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Finance and women-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been given the responsibility to prepare a gender-responsive budget for the B40 group starting next year, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The prime minister said the budget initiative, which will be based on gender-disaggregated data, will identify target groups and distribute allocations according to the needs of large numbers of beneficiaries.

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“It’s not just for single mothers, but also for single fathers if their numbers show a significant increase in the community,” he said during the National Women’s Day celebration here on Thursday ( August 24), who was honored by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah. Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Ismail Sabri said the government will also improve and refine existing policies, legislations and programs to be more gender-sensitive, including revising the National Women’s Policy and formulating gender-sensitive bills.

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Among the bills were the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill, which had recently passed parliament, and the Anti-Harassment Bill which had been tabled for first reading in Dewan Rakyat on August 4.

While admitting that there is room for improvement, Ismail Sabri said the national agenda for empowering women, who are the pillar of the country’s development, has always been a priority for the government.

For example, he said the government had agreed to establish the National Women’s Council, National Women’s Executive Committee and state women’s working committees to empower women’s roles at the federal and state levels.

“The government has also allocated RM13 million specifically to the Sexual, Women and Children Investigations Division (D11) of the Royal Malaysian Police to ensure that investigations of sex crimes involving women and children can be carried out more effectively,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said that the government is also concerned and has taken the initiative to ensure that victims of domestic violence receive immediate protection by setting up one-stop social support centers (PSSS) which provide psychosocial services. to Malaysian families across the country.

He said that a total of 591,000 people from the target group, especially women, had benefited from PSSS services, including guidance and counselling.

“This is the government’s commitment to women in the Malaysian family, which we hope will also be supported by all parties,” he said.

Also present at the event were the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rina Harun, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, and the President of the Council National Women’s Organizations of Malaysia (NCWO), Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin. . – Bernama