The Reykjavik Global Forum, taking place in Harpa 13-14 November, has become an important venue for international discussions and networking on women's rights and gender equality. Over 500 participants from 80 countries attended the conference this year.
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir took part in discussions, at the opening of the Forum. She said that even though Iceland ranks high in international comparisons, it is very important to keep the fight for gender equality going. “We saw clearly with the large participation in the women's strike a few weeks ago that there is still work to be done in Iceland, especially in terms of equal pay and gender-based violence.”
In a panel discussion, Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, highlighted the important role of men in the fight for gender equality. “In Iceland, we have taken important steps toward gender equality for the benefit of society as a whole. It is crucial that men in decision-making positions contribute to achieving gender equality,” says the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Current topics at the conference include the opportunities and challenges of digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, privacy, and the impact of disinformation on democracy. For the sixth time, the Reykjavik Gender Equality Indicator will be introduced at the Session, including fracture analysis in the Nordic countries, which generally score higher in gender equality.