Edirne Women’s Counselling Center: We are Learning Gender Responsive Budgeting
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Project Summary

Grantee: Edirne Women’s Counselling Center (EKAMEDER)

Purpose: Gender Responsive Budgeting

Province: Edirne

Grant Amount:  35.000 TL

Partner(s): Governorate of Edirne, Edirne Municipality, Trakya University, Edirne Association for the Protection and Aid of Disabled People and their Families

Project Duration: 7 July 2014 – 30 April 2015



Women’s participation to decision making apparatus is low in Edirne despite being above Turkey’s average. There is also a need to include women’s CSOs into the preparation of strategic plans, performance programs and budget cycles in order to ensure gender equality principles are actually taken into account. EKAMEDER, with the previous grant it received from Sabanci Foundation Grant Programme, carried out a comprehensive survey in 6 most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Edirne. The atmosphere is quite conducive for collaboration with the Municipality and raising awareness of CSOs and general public on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) by way of sharing the results of this survey.  


Project Goals

- The use of the survey results of EKAMEDER as an input to the strategic planning process of the Municipality

- Raising awareness on GRB by conducting training programs in the city centre (3 days) and in the districts of Edirne (1,5 days each in Kesan, Uzunkopru, Enez)

- Raising awareness of City Councils, Women’s Assemblies, Women’s CSOs and municipal staff on GRB

- Creation of a Monitoring Group with the leadership of EKAMEDER in order to monitor the gender equality commitments of the Municipality

- The publication and dissemination of a Project Handbook at the end of a Search Conference, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation activities

- Inclusion of at least one input by EKAMEDER into the strategic plan of the Municipality

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