The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,the 25. November, women’s and human rights groups have organized a Walk of Light led by prominent public figures carrying torches and sparklers. The Walk of Light will start at the National Cultural House at 19:00 and end in front of the sculpture Sungaliot facing the Imagine Peace Tower.

Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries

The Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers organizes a Nordic conference on gender and power in Reykjavik November 18-19, 2009. The conference is co-organized by The Nordic Gender Institute, NIKK.

The Global Crisis, Transnational Reconfigurations, and Local Contexts

EDDA´s Symposium: Saturday the 14th of November at the University of Iceland - Askja 132

Nordic conference on Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities

The Centre for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security will be hosting a Nordic conference on Parental leave, Care Policies and Gender Equalities. The conference will be held on October 22 in Reykjavik, at the Radisson SAS Hotel Saga.

Record number of women in Parliament

A record number of women will take up seats in the Icelandic parliament following the elections on April 25. Women now hold 27 of the 63 seats in parliament, or 43%. After the last election in 2007, women only accounted for 31% of parliament.

Fewer women may run in coming elections

Fewer women may run in the Icelandic parliamentary elections scheduled for April, due to the worsening economic situation, said Ms. Ásta R. Johannesdottir, minister of Social Affairs and Social Security in a meeting held by several women’s organizations on the traditional Icelandic women’s day last Sunday.

First female prime minister

This month, Ms. Johanna Sigurdardottir became the first female prime minister of Iceland. Also, for the first time in Iceland's history the cabinet is balanced evenly by gender, with five female and five male ministers.

Gender equality law available in English

The Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, no. 10/2008, which was passed by the Icelandic Parliament last year, has now been translated into English.