Gender Based Budgeting

Making Rights Real has been working with the Scottish Women’s Budget Group and Fa'side Women and Girls Group, a grassroots inter-generational group in East Lothian carrying out gender-based budgeting.


What we're doing

Over 18 months the group has been meeting to consider what the main issues are for women and girls in East Lothian, focusing on the cost of living crisis and how this impacted women and girls in the area.

The group has run Stramash* events with local women, created feminist banners, designed a survey which received 278 responses and held a “living room in the toon” in May 2023, gathering people’s stories and real-life experience.

(* Stramash is a Scots word meaning  - to cause a racket - a disturbance).


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We have launched our report 'The Cost of Living Crisis - I think about it all the time!'

We are hosting a roundtable for councillors to raise the human rights issues for women and girls around the right to an adequate standard of living and our recommendations for action.