More Nordic woman ambassadors

The gender balance at the top of the diplomatic corps in the Nordic countries has improved significantly. More and more women now serve as ambassadors, breaking into a profession that was once a bastion of male domination, it has emerged from a major Nordic research project into gender and power in politics and business. The final report has just been published.

Conference report on parental leave published

What family forms are recognised in established Nordic and welfare policies? Which family values and parental models should be given political priority in a multi-ethnical society? These were some of the questions raised at the conference 'Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries' in Reykjavik on 22 October 2009. Now the conference report is being published.

Your rights – Important information for foreign women in Iceland

The Centre for Gender Equality has published a pamphlet for foreign women in Iceland and others who are interested in learning about gender equality in Iceland, rights and obligations.

Analysing women and men in decision-making positions

In this report, three articles from the project “Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries” are made available in English. The articles present comparative figures, analyse measures taken and discuss different explanations for the existing distribution of women and men in decision-making positions within politics and business.

UN launches a new agency called UN Women

Global body launched: The fight against rape, female circumcision, child mortality and poor healthcare takes on a higher priority.

The European Institute for Gender Equality opens

On June 20th the official opening of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) took place in Vilnius, Lithuania."The European Institute for Gender Equality has been established to gather and concentrate expertise and to assist Europe in the promotion of real equality between women and men", says Director Virginija Langbakk.

Iceland introduces gender quotas on corporate boards

The Icelandic parliament has passed a law on gender quotas on corporate boards. Companies with more than 50 employees must have at least 40 per cent of both genders represented on their boards by September 2013.

The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees holds first Gender Equality forum

On the 21st of January last TCO, The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees, held a forum on gender equality, the first in a line of forums headed by the TCO to emphasize  the importance of gender equality for the labour market.

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.