Sioka presents budget ‘reflective of gender responsiveness’

29 Apr 2019 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) – Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka said her ministry aims to use its budget in a manner that is gender responsive and can reduce the gap between males and females.
Sioka said this while presenting the budget allocation for the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare for the 2019/20 financial year in the National Assembly on Friday.
“In order to close the gap between boys and girls as well as women and men, it is of utmost importance that we adhere to the National Budget circular that called on ministries to ensure that their budgets are gender responsive,” she noted.
The total budget allocation for the ministry is N.dollars 1 296 314 for the 2019/20 financial year of which N.dollars 29 million is allocated to the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment programme.
Just over N.dollars 1.2 billion is for the ministry’s operational budget whereby N.dollars 82 million is scheduled for capital projects.
The amount earmarked for social grants to orphans and vulnerable children represents 76 per cent of the ministry’s operational budget at N.dollars 923 million. A further N.dollars 13 million is budgeted for providing support and alternative care for the children.
Sioka said under the operational budget, N.dollars 2 million is assigned towards supporting women’s projects in the form of income-generating activities and N.dollars 1 million for the Care and Protection of Children programme.
“A total of N.dollars 50 801 000 is allocated to the Support Community and Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme, and N.dollars 24 246 000 goes to early childhood development,” said Sioka.
Some N.dollars 203 million is allocated to Policy Supervision and Support Services while N.dollars 82 million is earmarked for the development budget of the ministry.
“During the 2018/19 financial year, about 280 community projects in all 14 regions received assistance with materials and equipment which were allocated to 70 per cent women and 30 per cent men,” she recounted.
Sioka stated that about 1 307 edu-carers from 1 009 ECD centres received monthly subsidies which ranged from N.dollars 1 500 to N.dollars 2 500 in that year.