Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic

The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from an international conference held in Akureyri, Iceland, 30-31 October 2014. The purpose of the conference was to promote an extensive policy relevant dialogue on gender equality issues in the Arctic to lay the foundation for further cooperation of the many different stakeholders researching, teaching, discussing and promoting gender equality in the region.

Iceland Joins the Nordic Gender Calendar

‘We have benefitted a great deal from the Nordic co-operation. At this point we’re hoping to be able to contribute more and show what we do to a larger audience. Another aim is to bring more attention to the Nordic co-operation here in Iceland,’ says Hugrún R. Hjaltadóttir, adviser at the Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality. 

Conference on women, addiction, trauma and treatment

A conference on women, addiction. trauma and treatment will be held on 1 and 2 September 2015 at Grand Hotel Reykjavik. RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference is hosting the conference in cooperation with The Root – Association on Women’s Issues Relating to Alcohol and Addiction (, The Centre for Gender Equality and other partners. Speakers come from USA, Sweden, Greenland and Iceland and keynote speaker is Stephanie Covington a recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the field of women’s issues, addiction, and recovery. The conference is held in English. The registration fee, full program ca. EUR 41, is paid in ISK. The conference will be relevant to all therapists, addiction counsellors, clinical counsellors, school counsellors, employee assistance professionals, human resource professionals, mental health workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses, physicians, family therapists, social workers, rehabilitation/vocational counsellors and all other mental health professionals.  Laywomen and -men with interest in the theme are welcome as well as people with experience of the treatment system. Some of the workshops will be targeted at women in recovery. Registration:  Further information:    

The Bossy Man

Last April The Centre for Gender Equality launched an awareness raising video featuring the former major of Reykjavik City, a well known writer, actor and comedian who has always stood up for human rights and gender equality; Mr. Jón Gnarr The Centre for gender Equality is very proud of this project and the video has been very well taken in Iceland and is being downloaded in countries all over the world. The video is promoting a website where people interested in becoming business leaders or members on company boards can gain valuable knowledge and information about personal and group seminars as well as  on –line seminars on these subjects. The webpage  (Diversive Leadership) is owned by The Centre for Gender Equality in Iceland and is promoted with support from the European Union Progress Fund. The purpose of the webpage is to emphasize the importance of the equal participation of women and men in leadership positions in businesses and to offer tutorials on empowerment, board tasks and leadership qualities. On the website you will find educational material and interviews with board members, Icelandic and international experts and individuals from the business sector in Iceland. These interviews are a part of the web-educational material and include good advice for those interested in gender diversity on company boards and leadership positions.