What should policy and decision makers consider as key priorities and strategies with respect to increasing diversity and gender equality in the Arctic? And how do we raise awareness and understanding of gender topics in the Arctic region?
These were among the key questions discussed and debated by Icelandic and Canadian speakers during the event hosted by the Embassy of Canada in Iceland and the Embassy of Iceland in Canada in partnership with Polar Knowledge Canada and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN).
The lecture series Science in the Arctic is a part of the 75 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iceland celebration.
Welcome: Ambassador Hlynur Gudjonsson, Embassy of Iceland, Ottawa
Opening remarks: Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation, Iceland
11:40 am-11:50 am:
Overview of the Pan Arctic Report Gender Equality in the Arctic Phase 3: Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Iceland
11:50 am - 12:20 pm:
Panel discussion and Q&A on Gender Equality in the Arctic:
Moderator: Ambassador Jeannette Menzies, Embassy of Canada, Reykjavík
-Bridget Larocque, Head of Delegation, Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Athabaskan Council
-Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Specialist, Directorate of Equality Iceland, Special Advisor GEA Project
-Sarah Cox, Director, Circumpolar Affairs Directorate, Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada & Head of Delegation, SDWG, Arctic Council
-Juno Bertelsen, MA, Cross-Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University, and former member of GEA Youth Advisory Group.
Perspectives on How to Raise Awareness: Alyssa Carpenter, Director, Pauktuutit, The National Representative Organization of Inuit Women in Canada.
12:25 -12:30 pm:
Closing remarks: Ambassador Jeannette Menzies, Embassy of Canada, Reykjavík