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.

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. 

Who does what?

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

The Icelandic Parliament has passed a new legislation which makes paying for prostitution illegal. Those caught paying for prostitution could face a fine or up to one year in prison. If the person they are purchasing sexual services from is under the age of 18, they risk up to two years in prison.

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

A study published by the World Economic Forum has found that for the fifth successive year Iceland ranks as the most advanced county in the world in terms of gender equality. Along with Finland (2nd), Norway (3rd) and Sweden (4th), Iceland has closed over 80% of its gender gap.

Plan of Action on Gender Equality Regarding Wages

The Plan of Action on Gender Equality Regarding Wages is for four years, i.e. until the end of 2016. The aim is that by that time, the gender-based wage differentials that exist on the Icelandic labour market shall have been reduced considerably. For this to be realistic it is important that all players on the domestic labour market shoulder their responsibilities and ensure that men and women working for the same employer receive equal wages and enjoy the same terms for carrying out the same, or comparable, jobs. Plan of Action on Gender Equality Regarding Wages

Male Violence against Women in Intimate Relationships in Iceland

In 2006, the Icelandic government adopted an action plan for measures to combat violence against women in intimate relationships, based on the concept that violence against women affects everyone in society and will not be tolerated. The objective of the plan was to prevent violence against women, to enhance options for women that are subjected to violence and their children, and help men to cease violent behavior. In 2010 a report of the Minister of Welfare on measures under the government initiative regarding male violence against women in intimate relationships was published. The report is a result of a research project on violence in intimate relationships that was carried out in 2008 to 2010. Proposals for government measures and excerpt of the report follow.  The report of the Minister of Welfare

The Icelandic Board Member 2012

KPMG Iceland in cooperation with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Iceland has published the results of the survey The Icelandic Board Member 2012, which was conducted among board members of companies and pension funds in Iceland in 2012. The results of the survey can provide a certain insight into to the changing environment of the general Icelandic board member, as well as recent changes of his/her background.

Gender Equality in Iceland - An overview

The Centre for Gender Equality has published an overview of gender equality in Iceland. The publication provides information on context as well as legal and practical aspects of gender equality in Iceland. The document also attempts to offer insight into successes, best practices and lessons learned. Chapters are designed to give a comprehensive overview and sections include links to further information on topics as well as contact information for the relevant organizations and institutions. The document will only be published online and will be updated annually. (see here)