Zero Tolerance – A summary

The Nordic countries unite against gender-based violence Zero Tolerance was the title of a seminar on actions against gender-based violence, held on the 25th of September 2014 at the Grand Hotel Reykjavík. The seminar was part of Iceland’s presidency programme in the Nordic Council of Ministers for the year 2014; the fight against gender-based violence being one of the focus issues of Nordic cooperation. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Welfare and the Centre for Gender Equality, Iceland, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers. 

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On the 27th and 28th of May, The Centre for Gender Equality in collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare and the Nordic Council of Ministers, held a conference on the gender segregation of the labour market and division of labour in the home. The conference took place in The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands. Questions for consideration during the conference were: The effects of part-time work on a gender segregated labour market, the role of gender in rural development, participation of men in the field of gender equality as well as questions about the effects division of labour in the home has on gender equality. Programme (pdf) Konference og seminar om ligestilling Nordens hus, Færøerne 27. og 28. maj 2014 Note! Highlighted in the programme below are copies of hand-outs, talks and speeches presented during the conference

A new law makes purchase of sex illegal in Iceland

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Global Gender Gap Report 2013 - Iceland the most advanced for fifth year running

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