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Gender Budgeting (or “kynjuð fjárhags- og starfsáætlun” in Icelandic, KFS for short, here after abbreviated as GB) is a governing tool used to promote equality and more effective and just use of public funds considering the differing needs of residents. Below is a short video on the methodology of gender budgeting , produced in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and Freyja Filmwork.
Residents are the foundation of all of Reykjavík City's activities. To ensure that the City's services meet the different needs of residents and promote their equal opportunities, it is important to analyze the impact public funding and procedures can have on residents. The aim of implementing Gender Budgeting (GB) at the City of Reykjavík is to integrate the City's Human Rights Policy and Financial Policy. The aim is to ensure equitable distribution of funds and assets that take into account the different needs of residents.
GB is part of a methodology called gender and equality mainstreaming. This methodology is defined under the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights Irrespective of Gender No 150/2020 as a way of incorporating gender equality perspectives into all areas of policy and decision making of all regular decision makers in order to improve, develop, and evaluate policy-making processes. Gender mainstreaming is not intended to be supplementary to regular work, but rather to be integrated into it.
GB focuses on the budget process and decision making. GB can therefore be described as a type of performance or quality management system that takes into account the different positions of different groups in society and seeks to promote equality on behalf of the public authorities.
For more information, please contact the Project Manager for Gender Budgeting at the Human Rights & Democracy Office for Reykjavík City.