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City of Reykjavik: The Department of Finance and Risk Management and the Human Rights and Democracy Office

Municipality/regional entity

Topics

Gender Equality

Sub Topics

Gender Budgeting
Gender Mainstreaming

Contact

City of Reykjavik: The Department of Finance and Risk Management and the Human Rights and Democracy Office

[email protected]

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Description

Gender budgeting is a governing tool used to ensure the fair distribution of goods and assets according the specific needs of different groups of people. 

Projects

Gender budgeting is a governing tool used to ensure the fair distribution of goods and assets according the specific needs of different groups of people.

In 2011 the city of Reykjavík decided to start implementation of gender budgeting. The focus is to analyze service fields and implement equality impact assessments. The equality impact survey/assessment is a tool used to assess the impact of financial decisions before they are approved or rejected by the city council. 

The City‘s human rights policy is founded on the principle of equal treatment, aiming to enable all persons to enjoy basic human rights regardless of their origin, nationality, class, language, skin colour, religion, atheism or non-religious convictions, political opinions, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual characteristics, age, disability, body build or type, health, ability or other status. This policy also applies when financial decisions are being made and the guideline of implementation of gender budgeting has been to intertwine the budget policy of the city and its human rights policy.

Key persons involved:

Freyja Barkardóttir, project manager of Gender Budgeting and Halldóra Káradóttir, head of the Department of Finance and Risk Management with in the City of Reykjavík.

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