RHA has finished work on the Tea for two project

The project began officially on the 1st of October 2006. The first seven months focused on developing a tool for data collection and measurement while the latter half focused on writing reports for publication. The project was trans-national and involved five European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The project was supported by the European community – Programme relating to the community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality (2001-2005).

The Research Centre of the University of Akureyri has finished work on the Tea for two project.

If Municipalities are to seriously contribute to securing gender equality they need specialized capabilities to assess the consequences of their actions and the success of their policies. Specialized capabilities involve analytical tools to determine if women and men benefit in the same way from decisions made and services provided. The aim of the Tea for two project (TFT) was to develop such a tool.

Project management was in the hands of The Centre for Gender Equality, Iceland. The Research Centre of the University of Akureyri (RHA) was responsible for the coordination of the research work in the project and for collecting and analyzing the research material. The Research Centre was also responsible for writing the final report.

A final report, published soon, is written by the research coordinator of the TFT project, Mr. Kjartan Ólafsson researcher at RHA, and Mr. Tryggvi Hallgrímsson, researcher at RHA and is based on contributions from the members of the TFT steering committee.

The main objectives of the TFT project were the following:

1. Collect information on women’s and men’s participation in local governments and develop a tool for such data collection and measurement.

2. Make the information available :

a. to the general public, in visual and accessible form
b. to local governments to evaluate their progress towards a more equal society
c. to governments to monitor municipal authorities’ status on gender equality
d. for future comparison and monitoring of changes

For further information and results see the TFT website:  www.tft.gender.is