Gender Budgeting in the City of Reykjavík

Fair distribution of goods and assets according to people’s needs

Services for the citizens are the main goal in every action within the City of Reykjavík. Therefore, it is important to distribute all public assets and resources fairly with equal rights as a target. With that in mind the City Council took an important decision in 2011 when it decided to start the implementation of Gender Budgeting. In this short English version, we describe how Gender Budgeting is to be implemented in the budgeting process. The implementation of Gender Budgeting in Reykjavík is built on the Human Rights Policy of the City and the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, No. 10/2008. The Human Rights Policy was first approved by the City Council in May 2006. It is founded on human rights and the principle of equality. The principle of equality or the ban against discrimination is one of the cornerstones of human rights. It can be found in every significant human rights agreement as well as article 65 of the Icelandic Constitution, which states that everyone „shall be equal before the law and enjoy human rights irrespective of sex, religion, political opinion, national origin, race, colour, property, birth or other status. “

Studies / Research / Report
The City of Reykjavík
14 pages