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Gender equality conference

This site contains presentations and other resources from the Gender Equality Conference that took place in Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant and Veröld - House of Vigdís, Reykjavik, on the 31st October - 1st November 2019. It is intended for both participants of the conference wishing to revisit the content, but also for others wanting to work with gender equality.

Useful documents:

Participants at the Gender Equality Conference

Day 1, session 1 - Hellisheiði

Moderator: Ambassador for Gender Equality, Kristín A. Árnadóttir, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

00.00 Welcome and introduction of the event

06.10 Women in Energy Iceland – Elevating Women in a Male-Dominated Field 
Nanna Baldvinsdóttir, Vice Chairman, Women in Energy Iceland

18.00 An awarded Power Company – meaning what?
Bjarni Bjarnason, CEO, Reykjavik Energy

40.24 Why we need to lift the gender veil – Mars calling Earth! 
Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir, one of the founders of the Women’s Alliance, former Member of Parliament, Theatre Director

58.12 Gender equality – a top Government priority 
Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Director, Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Equality, former Member of Parliament, former Mayor of Reykjavik

1.10.41 From a local approach to a global approach; Beyond Beijing 1995 
Hanna Birna Kristjansdóttir, Chair, Executive Board of Women Political Leaders, Senior Advisor to UN Women in NYC, Former Minister of the Interior, former Mayor of Reykjavik

1.45.45 Me too - immigrant women have a voice 
Tatjana Latinovic, Chair, The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association

1.57.53 Transfer of knowledge: The United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU GEST Programme) in Iceland 
Dr. Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director, UNU-GEST-United Nations University

2.14.35 Human resource perspective; there is no way back 
Víðir Ragnarsson, HR specialist, Reykjavik Energy

2.23.59 Madam Digital Disruptor
Þorbjörg Helga Vigfúsdóttir, Founder and CEO, Kara Connect

Day 1, session 2 - Veröld

Moderator: Ambassador Þórir Ibsen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs:

Guest of Honour: Former President of Iceland, Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

7.07 Opening remarks
Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Justice

14.50 EEA Norway Grants – what for, how and why?
Árni Páll Árnason, Deputy Director, FMO

30.37 National Focal Point Portugal: The importance of the Bilateral Fund
Susana Ramos, Head NFP

47.01 Portugal, Iceland and Norway – a great match!
Moderator: Carlos Duarte, Vice-President of CIG - Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality 

Topics: Best practices from the EEA and Norway Grants – lessons learned in gender cooperation

Panelists:
Dr. Thomas Brorsen Smidt, RIKK Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland; Tryggvi Hallgrímsson, Directorate for Equality; Lene Nilsen, Ministry of Justice and Public Security Norway and Begoña Suarez, Instituto de la Mujer e para la Igualdad de Oportunidades (Spain)
 

2.01.01            The Gender Equality Road Map
Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, Director, Capacent

2.17.54            Barbershop[1]
Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, A Barbershop training session with all participants

3.09.23            Summary from Barbershop 

[1] Barbershop events encourage men and boys to become actively engaged in promoting gender equality through better understanding how gender inequality limits the ability of individuals, businesses, and communities to reach their full human, economic and social potential. Barbershop events provide men with tools to address this inequality and become agents of change. Through their own behaviour, men can work towards the positive transformation of social norms and take action; they can also hold other men accountable, and encourage them to join in. In this training session participants will be familiarized with the approach and the toolbox. 

   















Day 2 - Veröld

Moderator: Ragna Árnadóttir, Secretary General of Althingi (Parliament)

00.05 Opening remarks

06.00 Roundtable session: Institutional mechanisms and the Nordic Model; Special legislative measures and affirmative action
Moderator: Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, historian, former Head of the Directorate for Gender Equality, one of the founders of the Women’s Alliance, former member of Parliament

Topics:
- Equal Pay Standard and Certification of Equal Pay management system
- Parental leave
- Universal day care system – work life balance
- Gender Quotas – women in decision-making

14.58 Panelists: Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, Director Education and Culture, Municipality of Garðabær; Antonieta Ministro, GEP/MTSS – Strategic and Planning Department of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security; Gissur Pétursson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and former director General for the Directorate for Labour; Cristina Trony, UGT-General Workers’ Union and Þórdís Hadda Yngvadóttir, Specialist at the Prime Minister’s Office, Department for Equality

1.03.04 Combatting sexual violence – Translating realities into policies
Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdótti
r, District Commissioner of Metropolitan Police

1.36.02 Roundtable session: Combatting sexual and gender-based violence 
Moderator: Lene Nilsen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Justice and Public Security Norway

Topics:
- Prevention of sexual and gender-based violence
- Intervention
- Prosecution and support
- Counselling for survivors and perpetrators
- Hate speech and cyberbullying

Panelists: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, District Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; Tryggvi Hallgrímsson, Adviser, Directorate for Equality; Marta Silva, CIG, Domestic and Gender Based Unit and Margrét Steinarsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre

2.28.20 Roundtable session: Women in the Workplace - Nordic Gender Effect at work – work-life balance
Moderator: Rósa Guðrún Erlingsdóttir, Senior Adviser, Department of Equality, Prime Minister’s Office

Topics:
- Sexual harassment in the workplace
- Challenges
- Work-life balance
- Combatting stereotypes

Panelists: Bernardo Coelho, CIEG/ISCSP - Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies; Maria Teresa Cyrne, CGTP-IN - General Confederation of Portuguese Workers; Ólöf Júlíusdóttir, PhD Sociology and Tatyana Teplova PhD, Deputy Head of Governance, OECD

3.30.02 Introduction to Speed-dating Session
Þórhalla Rein Aðalgeirsdóttir, Event Organiser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

4.15.46 Roundtable session: Empowering women
Moderator: Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Women‘s Rights Association (IWRA)

Topics:
- Women’s grass root movements
- Women’s political participation
- Women in management positions
- Gender quotas

Panelists: Helga Lind Mar, organizer of the Icelandic SlutWalk; Margrét Jónsdóttir Njarðvík, Owner of Mundo and in the board of the Association of Women Business Leaders in Iceland; Aud Lise Norheim, Ambassador of Norway to Iceland; Carla Sequeira, CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business; Fríða Rós Valdimarsdóttir, organizer of the Woman’s Day Off and Auður Viðarsdóttir, Project coordinator, Girls Rock! Iceland

6.42.58 Steps ahead – Getting further
Ambassador Þórir Ibsen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

6.48.13 Closing remarks
Carlos Duarte, Vice-President of CIG - Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality; Kristín A. Árnadóttir, Ambassador for Gender Equality; Aud Lise Norheim, Ambassador of Norway to Iceland.

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