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.