New gender equality law

The Icelandic Parliament recently passed a new gender equality law, replacing the Act on the equal Status and Equal Rights of women and men from 2000. The new Act includes several important provisions aimed at increasing compliance with the law.

New director appointed

The Minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, has appointed Ms. Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir as the director of the Centre for Gender Equality. The appointment is for five years starting September 1, 2007.

Prostitution in the Nordic countries studied

This month, work will commence on a new study, headed by the Nordic Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Research (NIKK), titled "Prostitution in the Nordic Countries." This is a one-year research project which was initiated by the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality.

Tea for two website launched

A new website for the "Tea for two" project has now been launched. The project is headed by the Centre for Gender Equality and funded by the European Union Community Programme on Gender Equality. The website is in English and contains information about Tea for two and the partners participating in the project.

A Visit from Helsinki

The Equality Committee of the City of Helsinki made a trip to Iceland the other day.

The Unique Icelandic Path towards Gender Equality

The Government of Iceland and Icelandic NGOs present a side event devoted to the action Iceland has taken to provide women and men with equal opportunities and equality. The 28 of February at 13:15. In the United Nations HQ, Conference Room 5.

The Nordic Father: Role Model for a Caring Male?

The 1 of March at 13:15 at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York (10017-3575), Ballroom, second floor.

All the Icelandic publications at the side event are available on line

To make the information available to all interested parties we have published the material on line as well. Note that the longer reports are available as well.

New publication

The Centre for Gender Equality has published a new brochure which introduces the role of the centre.

FOCUS final reports published

The final report of the FOCUS project and the national reports are now available on-line.