Jyotsna Jha was invited as a speaker to a Stakeholder Consultation Webinar titled, ‘Moving from Commitment to Practice in a COVID-19 Context – A Stakeholder Consultation for Informing Gender Transformation Financing and Budgeting (2021-22)’. It was organised by Feminist Policy Collective (FPC) on 23-24 November 2020.
Jyotsna’s presentation was titled, ‘Girls’ and Women’s Education for Freedoms and Equality: The Budget implications’ on 23 November 2020. The title of the session was, ‘Investments to enhance capacity of women and girls.’ The other speakers of this session were Dipa Sinha and Renu Khanna. The moderator was Sarojini Ganju Thakur.
With the pandemic in the backdrop and the lockdown, the consultation was an exercise which discussed what the next year’s budget would have in store to alleviate some of the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and the lockdown measures on women and girls’. In this context, the session reflected upon:
– Improving educational outcomes, skilling strategies and programmes in both traditional and non-traditional opportunities for women
– Improving investments in health, nutrition and strengthening food security
– Enabling mechanisms and investments in gender sensitive infrastructure to address women’s care and unpaid work needs.