Female representation in Parliament reaches 36,5%

Women now occupy 36,5% of the seats in the Icelandic Parliament, up from 31,7% in May 2007. Twenty women were elected to Parliament in May 2007, but female MPs are now 23 out of 63 MPs.

Emergency card for women who are subject to violence

An emergency card for women who are subject to violence in close relationships and need to seek help, has been published in five languages. The card is the size of a name card and lists emergency numbers in Icelandic, English, Polish, Russian and Thai.

New Gender Equality Council and Complaints Committee Appointed

The minister of Social Affairs has appointed a new Gender Equality Council and a new complaints committee, in accordance with the Act on the equal status and equal rights of women and men no. 10/2008, which came into effect in March this year.

Women and Men in Iceland 2008

Last month the Centre for Gender Equality in collaboration with Statistics Iceland and the Ministry of Social Affairs published Women and Men in Iceland 2008, a pamphlet that serves as an overview of the status of women and men in Iceland. It includes statistics regarding the status of women and men in the labour market, in the education-system and in positions of influence.

New gender equality law

The Icelandic Parliament recently passed a new gender equality law, replacing the Act on the equal Status and Equal Rights of women and men from 2000. The new Act includes several important provisions aimed at increasing compliance with the law.