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Kvenréttindafélag Íslands
Women have an inalienable right over their own lives and bodies. The Supreme Court of the United States has just violated these rights. By restricting access to abortion, the United States Supreme Court has restricted the freedom and liberty of millions of people in their country. These restrictions disproportionately affect low-income people, LBTQ+ people and people...
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Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir Senior Advisor at IWRA is a keynote speaker at the final conference of the ProGender project, organized by RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, at 12 p.m. Icelandic time on June 16th. The conference is entitled „Gender Perspectives of the Pandemic: Women in Research and Governance“ and can be viewed...
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What are the current options for childcare in Ireland? What is the pay like for childcare workers who are primarily women? How are women affected by the current realities in our childcare system? How can we think creatively about different ways to approach this need? Featuring guest speakers: Sandra McCullagh– Women’s Economic Equality Coordinator, National...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association sends a message of solidarity to the women and people of the United States, in wake of news that the Supreme Court intends to revoke Roe vs. Wade, the decision that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. #WomensRights #abortionrights #reproductivejustice
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The Icelandic Human Rights Centre, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, the Icelandic Women’s Shelter, and Stígamót – Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence submitted a joint report to GREVIO, regarding the implementation of the Istanbul Convention – Action against violence against women and domestic violence. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence...
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  Celebration of the International Romani Day will be organised for the first time in Iceland on 8 April 2022 with a programme that highlights the literature and culture of one of Europe’s minorities (Roma/Gypsies) that has suffered centuries of discrimination and that also have a history of presence in Iceland. Romani authors, musicians and...
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IWRA organized a seminar on equal pay and pay equity, in cooperation with the Danish Women’s Council and NYTKIS in Finland, Thursday March 17th. The event was hosted by the NGO-CSW66. Speakers were Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, historian of gender and labor history, Fatim Diarra, Chair of The Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations NYTKIS and Sonja Ýr Þorbergsdóttir, President...
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Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Chair of the Reykjavík Global Forum Board, Birgir Ármannsson, Speaker of Althingi, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, and Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and founder of WPL signed a declaration of cooperation today. This is a continuation of a collaboration between the government, the Parliament and the international women’s organization Women Political Leaders...
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  To celebrate International Women‘s Day on the 8th of March, ASÍ, BHM, BSRB, Félag íslenskra hjúkrunarfræðinga (The Icelandic Nurses’ Association), Kennarasamband Íslands (Icelandic Teachers‘ Union), and Kvenréttindafélag Íslands (Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association) are hosting a panel discussion at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, from 12 to 13:15. The title of the panel discussion is “Has the...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has been a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW) since 1907.  IAW have no published a statement on the situation in Ukraine: IAW Statement, 2022/02/26 By Acting President Marion Böker & Convenor of the IAW Peace Commission Heide Schütz International Alliance of Women expresses its strongest solidarity with...
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Researchers and representatives from the feminist movement of Denmark, Finland and Iceland discuss the current challenges and recent successes of the work for gender equality, specifically the fight for equal pay and pay equity. The meeting will take place online, on March 17th at 10:00 GMT. Speakers are Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, historian of gender and...
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The French Embassy in Iceland, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association and the Red Cross invites you to a meeting on women in humanitarian work, during Equality Days 2022 at 12:00 p.m. February 15th at the University of Reykjavík. Tatjana Latinovic, the president of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, and Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir, a nurse and a...
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Municipalities provide all kinds of services for all kinds of people. Meaning it’s important that the candidacies for local elections reflect the diversity found in our communities. #Játak is a shout out of encouragement to candidates for city, town and local governments to consider diversity, safeguard the equal rights of all genders and put together...
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  This summer, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association sent in a shadow report on the status of human rights in Iceland, written in cooperation with the Icelandic Human Rights Centre, Barnaheill – Save the Children Iceland, Humanists Iceland, the National Association of Intellectual Disabilities and Amnesty International. The report was written as a part of...
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Welcome to an open close-reading of the agreement for the coalition government of Iceland, on Saturday, December 4th at 11 a.m., in Stígamót at Laugarvegur 170. During this working meeting, we will read together and evaluate the government’s policies in three areas: violence; the labor market and finance; and intersectional equality. Following the meeting, a...
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Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir, the General Secretary of IWRA, is a keynote speaker at the ‘Reimagining Childcare Provision’ seminar on 25th November. Brynhildur will share her experiences of Icelandic achievements in childcare provision to increase participation and progression of women in the work place. The seminar is organized by WorkEqual in Ireland, an organization dedicated...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association sends its message of solidarity to the women in Texas and in the US, who today rally in a nationwide Women’s March in support of reproductive rights. #BansOffOurBodies #SB8 #kynfrelsi
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IWRA has for two years now participated in the transnational network NOW – New Opportunities for Women, a network funded by Erasmus+ and connecting the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal, aiming to empower immigrant women through mentorship and training. During this project, we have created six self-study courses aimed at women...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA) has released the following statement:     September 27th, 2021 Hallveigarstaðir, Reykjavík It is difficult for us in the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA) to have release this statement declaring great disappointment with election procedures, only a day after experiencing the sheer joy when it was announced that women...
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Women now hold the majority of the seats in the Icelandic parliament, following an historic parliamentary election. 33 women were elected to Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament, 52.4% of the 63 seats. This is the first time that women are elected majority in a national parliament in Europe, and this has been accomplished without a gender...
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NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network from the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal providing mentorship and support to immigrant women. In September 2019 (pre-Covid) organizations in 8 countries across Europe came together to create a new network dedicated to raising the voices of immigrant women in Europe....
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The Icelandic Human Rights Centre, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, Barnaheill – Save the Children Iceland, Humanists Iceland, the National Association of Intellectual Disabilities and Amnesty International have issued a report on the status of human rights in Iceland. Read the report here. The has been sent to the Human Rights Council, as a part...
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NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network from the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal. Our focus is to develop a mentoring and training programme that will support all women, especially migrant women, to develop the confidence and skills needed to achieve their aspirations. This project not only focuses...
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IWRA, in cooperation with CESI in Croatia, will host workshops on the advocacy strategies and experiences of the Icelandic feminist movement in fighting for gender equality in the labor market, the week of June 7th to June 11th. Five workshops will be offered, four in English and one in Croation. Registration is necessary to join...
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NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network from the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal providing mentorship and support to immigrant women. The NOW project aims to lead change through mentoring. Migrant women face significant challenges and barriers to their progress and ultimate success. NOW project partners, representing eight...
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NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network funded by Erasmus+ connecting the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal, aiming to empower immigrant women through mentorship and training. NOW aims to work towards change through education. Immigrant women in Europe face many challenges that hinder their success in society. The...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association condemns Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention is not only an attack on women, but also on LGBTQ+ people, minority groups and people in...
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Welcome to an online discussion about the importance of solidarity between the feminist movement and the trans movement, Thursday March 18th, at 2 p.m. GMT. In Iceland, there has historically been a sense of solidarity between the women’s movement and LGBTQ+ movement. This solidarity has strengthened the work of these respective movements, creating a society...
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To celebrate International Women‘s Day on the 8th of March, ASÍ, BHM, BSRB, Kennarasamband Íslands (Icelandic Teachers‘ Union), and Kvenréttindafélag Íslands (Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association) are hosting an online webinar, from 12 to 13. The title of the webinar is ‘Women Under Water – Gender Equality During a Pandemic’. The meeting will be interpreted in...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association wishes you a happy holiday and sends you best wishes for 2021.
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The board of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA) has unanimously voted to welcome Trans Ísland as a new member organization of IWRA.  The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association was founded in 1907. The objective of IWRA is to work on women’s rights and the equal status of all genders in all areas of society. The...
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Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir, Secretary General of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, gave a keynote address at the 2020 Global Seminar held by NWEC, National Women’s Education Center in Japan. Brynhildur discussed inequality during COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on gender equality in Iceland and around the world. — アイスランド女性権利協会の事務局長であるブリンヒルドゥル・ヘイダル・オグ・オゥマルスドッティルがNWEC(国立女性教育会館)によって開催されたグローバルセミナー2020で、基調講演を行いました。ブリンヒルドゥル事務局長は新型コロナウイルス状況下においての不平等、そしてパンデミックがアイスランド、そして世界の男女平等にもたらす影響についての講演を行いました。
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Tatjana Latinovic, the president of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, will participate in an online discussion on how we can create better societies through compassionate and empathetic policies on Wednesday, November 11th,  at 5 p.m. Icelandic time. The roundtable discussion is hosted by the Women’s Economic Forum in Costa Rica, and other participants are Laura...
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Hanna Katrín Friðriksson, MP of Alþingi, and Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, President of Trans Ísland, sit down with Þorgerður Einarsdóttir, Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Iceland, and talk about the importance of feminist solidarity with queer people and their issues. A lot has changed in the fight for queer rights in the...
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During Kynjaþing 2020, Trans Ísland and Kvenréttindafélagið vill be hosting an event about the importance of solidarity between the feminist movement and the trans movement. At the event feminist from various organisations across Iceland will come together to discuss how to combat anti-trans sentiments from gaining traction within the movement in Iceland. Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir...
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October 24th, 1975 On October 24th, 1975, women in Iceland left work to highlight the importance of women‘s contribution to society. Today, 45 years later, women‘s contributions to society are still not valued fairly and equally. The average pay of women in Iceland is still 25% less than the average pay of men. This means...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association condemns the discourse around two women who recently met with members of the national English football team in a hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland. By inviting the women to their hotel rooms, the two men broke Icelandic quarantine rules. The incident has been widely discussed on social media and in the...
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Lesið á íslensku Przeczytaj po polsku The governments of Poland and Turkey have announced plans to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. The Istanbul Convention was signed in 2011 and is the world’s first binding instrument to prevent...
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Smelltu fyrir íslensku Menningar- og minningarsjóður kvenna, Women’s Culture and Commemoration Fund, calls for applications for grants 2020. This year, the fund will award general scholarships and encourages women who are studying at all school levels to apply. The application deadline is September 6th, 2020. The applicant shall enclose a short essay on why she...
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Looking for women over 18 in the labour market from all professions and all job positions, to participate in a study on women’s experience and understanding of gender equality in the labor market. Belma Hajder, a masters student in anthropology at the University of Aarhus and an intern at the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, will...
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The General Assembly of the Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association 2020 has issued the following resolution: Reykjavík, May 25th 2020 Sexual violence and harassment is a direct threat to the democratic participation of women, and therefore a direct threat to democracy in Iceland. 35.7% of members of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, have been harassed while working,...
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NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network from the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal. Our focus is to develop a mentoring and training programme that will support all women, especially migrant women, to develop the confidence and skills needed to achieve their aspirations. This project not only focuses...
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Welcome to n online moderated debate about the state of art of women’s rights across Europe, the alternatives and contributions of the feminist and human rights movements and organisatons to respond to COVID19 and to the Future of Europe. The event will be held on the web-conference platform CISCO and streamed live on FAcebook, Saturday...
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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former president of Iceland and an honorary member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, celebrates her 90th birthday today. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Vigdís’s election to the presidency. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected president in 1980, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as head of...
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Women’s rights and democracy is under attack in the era of Covid-19, with governments all over the world using the pandemic as an excuse to pass laws and regulations restricting civil rights. In Poland, the parliament aims to pass a bill severely restricting the rights of women to abortion, a bill that was scrapped in...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association is a partner in the transnational network NOW – New Opportunities for Women, connecting the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal, aiming to empower immigrant women through mentorship and training. The network is run by Evolve Global Solutions Ltd in the UK, CSI Center for Social Innovation...
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La Asociación Islandesa de Derechos de la Mujer saluda a las mujeres de México que hoy hacen huelga para protestar por la violencia de género, la desigualdad y la cultura del machismo. Las mujeres en Islandia te acompañan.¡Mujeres! ¡Álcense! ¡Organícense! ¡Cambien el mundo! #UnDíaSinNosotras — The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association salutes the women of Mexico...
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*The registration form has now been closed because we have reached the maximum number of registrations for the event. A notice will be sent out prior to the event on Facebook in case any seats become available.* You are invited to Her Voice – a panel discussion with women of foreign origin in Iceland, 5th...
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Welcome to a screening of Islandia, a short film by Eydís Eir Brynju- og Björnsdóttir, at Bíó Paradís, Saturday January 18th, at 2 p.m. Brynja is having the time of her life in a foreign country when all of a sudden her world is turned upside down. She finds herself standing at a crossroad; fight...
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NOW project leaders launch the project in Stratford-Upon-Avon on October 22nd, 2019 NOW – New Opportunities for Women is a transnational network from the UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal providing mentorship and support to immigrant women. In 2017, women were 52% of new immigrants in Europe. Once they arrive, they are...
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