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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has been a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW) since 1907. Their IAW journal has been published since 1906. The newest edition was just published online, and focuses on the different regions of the world and selects an issue that is of particular relevance to each region and...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association attended a conference discussing women’s rights in the small states of Europe. Representatives from Andorra, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco og San Marino delivered reports on the status of women in their states and women’s participation in decision making. The conference was organized by the National Council of Women of Luxembourg (CNFL) and...
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Icelandic Women’s Rights Association / Icelandic Teachers’ Union Equality Committee Hallveigarstaðir, Túngata 14, 101 Reykjavík Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 3 p.m. This Nordic panel will focus on teaching feminism and gender studies at the secondary level. The panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities of teaching gender studies in high schools, teaching materials, pedagogy and target...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has been a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW) since 1907. The August issue of the IAW newsletter has just been published. The issue discusses the International Meeting which will be held in Paris this year and provides information about registration. It also includes reports and messages from...
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This year, we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women‘s suffrage in Iceland. To mark the occasion, the Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association invites you to view an English exhibition on the history of the women‘s movement in Iceland. Join us at Hallveigarstaðir, Túngata 14 for coffee and waffles, on Reykjavík Culture Night, Saturday 22 August,...
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Amnesty International has for over half a century worked tirelessly to create a world free of violence, a society based justice and human rights. The organization is both highly trusted and respected, a reputation we are hopeful will continue to support their work in the future. This weekend, on 7–11 August 2015, the International Council...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has been a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW) since 1907. The June issue of the IAW newsletter has just been published. The International Meeting in Kuwait has been cancelled for security reasons. The Union of Kuwaiti Women regrets that they cannot host the next IAW meeting, but...
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Mitsuko Shino, the Japanese ambassador to Iceland, will give a lecture on the status of women and feminism in Japan, at Hallveigarstaðir, Túngata 14, on Friday the May 22nd, at 12 p.m. The lecture will be in English, and Ambassador Shino will answer questions from the audience at the end of her talk. The Icelandic Women’s Rights...
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Three years ago, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, then the prime minister of Iceland, introduced a radical new tool in the fight against gender inequality. The Equal Pay Standard, ÍST 85:2012, is a national standard, conceived and composed in Iceland. The Equal Pay Standard is the culmination of years of intense negotiations between representatives from labor unions and employers‘...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has been a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW) since 1907. The April 2015 issue of the IAW newsletter introduces the next international meeting of the IAW, which will be held in Kuwait November 5 to 14 2015. Participants in the meetings are presidents of IAW member organizations, board,...
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In June 2014, 30 thousand women from 51 countries gathered together in Malmö, Sweden, to discuss future challenges to women and girls in the world. The conference, Nordic Forum – New Action on Women‘s Rights, was organized by women‘s organizations from all over the Nordic region, and goal of the conference was two promote and...
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[youtube height=”360″ width=”640″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez75Ws4EgAM[/youtube] One can‘t simply order a revolution, neither how it begins nor its trajectory once in motion. Revolutions are by their very nature spontaneous affairs; disorderly, sustained by people who unite in a common cause, demanding that society itself change. Kvenréttindafélag Íslands, the Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association, is born of one such revolution,...
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Non-governmental organizations around the world have signed a statement to protest that the political declaration on women’s rights adopted at the opening session of the 59th meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women lacks inclusion of LBTI people. This “Political declaration on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth...
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Around 1000 women’s organizations around the world have signed a statement to protest the bland declarations on women’s rights adopted at the opening session of the 59th meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This “Political declaration on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women”...
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Kvenréttindafélag Íslands, along with other women’s organizations in Iceland, will host a a side event at the 59 session of the Commission on the Status of Women that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Cool Feminism: Exploring Ideas from the North introduces feminist activism in...
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The February 2015 issue of the IAW newsletter introduces the declaration which will be adopted on the first day of the CSW 59, the 2015 meeting of the Commission for the Status of Women, which will take place in New York March 9-20 2015. IAW will host three side events at the CSW, “Lessons Learnt...
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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA) was founded on January 27th 1907, at the home of Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir. IWRA was the first formal organization of Icelandic women focusing its efforts on the struggle for political equality between men and women, as well as equal opportunities in education and profession. For more than a century, the...
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The December 2014 issue of the IAW newsletter includes an update on the discussion on prostitution in  Canada and Ireland; news flashes from Egypt, Pakistan, India and the UK, and information about the session hosted by IAW at the CSW 59, the 2015 meeting of the Commission for the Status of Women, which will take...
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On December 8, Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir and Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir met with Slovenian academics and politicians and participated in a panel discussing women in politics. A video recording of the panel is now online. Enjoy! [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]http://youtu.be/KulBnChBu4Y[/youtube]  
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You are cordially invited to attend the international conference “WHAT CAN ICELAND TEACH US”, which will be held on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 11am at the Faculty of Arts (Blue Room). Latest research from the World Economic Forum which quantifies the magnitude of gender-based disparities through the Global Gender Gap Index shows the difference...
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A working group at the Ministry of Welfare presented a draft of a new legislation legalizing non profit surrogacy in Iceland at the end of November 2014. Non-governmental organizations and civil societies were invited to comment on this legislation before it goes up before Althingi. The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association sent a brief to the...
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The latest issue of the IAW newsletter includes information how NGO’s can register for the CSW 59, the 2015 meeting of the Commission for the Status of Women, which will take place in New York March 9-20 2015. The main focus of CSW 59 will be the Beijing Platform for Action and the progress made...
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International Alliance of Women has begun publishing its newsletters online. This first online issue includes an article by Gudrun Haupter on child marriage and an introduction to a landmark resolution on the Situation of Women and Children agreed upon at the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The newsletter...
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