Women participating in the budget making process in Nyalenda supported by International Republic Institute and USAID discussed how women can be involved in the Budget and Devolution Implementation process and made it clear they wanted to know how women could be involved.
The women attending the workshop said, though they wanted to participate in some of these forums meant to provide information, they were selectively placed to collect views away from the mashinani. They said that the important matters of the budget needed women’s input and it was their right to contribute to these matters. They also complained about lack of information provided by their leaders citing lack of contact even with their women representative whom they say they have not interacted with since.
Another reason given was a lack of action from leaders who on many occasions do not implement recommendations discussed or promised in these forums providing no point of evaluation for the community.
The women also suggested the lack of Civic Education which have also added to the numerous misgivings affecting the women and their lack of information on the basics of the budget and devolution process. They cited their willingness to learn more on the budget but the lack of a platform to provide the same.
They also suggested that the ward administration should find ways of organizing forums that would act to support information sensitization on devolution and the budget making process.
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