Government to Aim for "Gender Budgeting" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Government to Aim for “Gender Budgeting”

Published March 18, 2009

Iceland’s government will aim to take a gender-based assessment of the national budget.
Minister of Agriculture, Finance and Foreign Affairs Steingrímur J. Sigfússon announced yesterday that the government will set up a task force which will aim to take a gender-based assessment of budgets, incorporating a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process and restructuring revenues and
expenditures in order to promote gender equality.
The task force will be comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Equal Rights Office, the Research Office of Women’s and Gender Studies, with a representative from the University of Iceland at the chair, led by another representative from the Ministry of Finance.
Furthermore, the government will aim to see representatives from the Equal Rights Office participating in every ministry.
The task force is expected to submit its findings within a year.

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