"It's often found that projects taken for women empowerment lack strong monitoring. As a result, funds allocated under the gender budget are not utilised properly," said Dhaka University teacher Dr Sayema Haque Bidisha while making a presentation on the issue at the office of Manusher Janno Foundation (MJF) in the city.
The seminar was addressed by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam, Deputy Secretary of the Labour and Employment Ministry Munir Chowdhury, Programme Head (Migration) of Brac Shariful Hasan, Executive Director of Safety & Right Sarker Ali Mina and MJF Gender Adviser Banasree Mitra Neogi.
In her presentation titled 'A Qualitative Analysis of Gender Budget of Ministry of Labour and Employment and Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment for Employment of Women', Dr Sayema, an associate professor at the DU Economics department, showed different aspects of fund utilisation of gender budget.
She said it is commonly seen that the funds allocated for the gender budget of different ministries are curtailed while the revised budget is prepared.
Even, there is no system to monitor whether the fund is being properly utilised or not, the DU teacher lamented.
Shaheen Anam said the gender budget will fail to empower the womenfolk of society unless the fund utilisation is strongly monitored.
Munir Chowdhury said the government is trying to utilise its funds properly for women empowerment.