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Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA)

Non-governmental organization


Gender Equality

Sub Topics

Gender Education
Feminist Activism


Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA)

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The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association has fought for women’s rights and gender equality since 1907.


 Feminist Activism and the Role of Civil Society in Social Change

Iceland is commonly recognized as one of the most gender-equal societies in the world. The main driver for this success in guaranteeing gender equality is the activist work of the women's movement in Iceland. The Icelandic Women's Rights Association offers an introduction via talks, seminars or participation in conferences to feminist activism and the effective strategies of civil societies in driving social change, based on best practices and lessons learned by the Icelandic women's movement in the past decades. The association also has experience in bilateral projects which have involved creating multinational feminist networks and teaching gender studies at the high school level. 

Key person involved:

Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir is the executive director of the Icelandic Women's Rights Association. She has experience in feminist activism and civil society participation and was a key organizer of the women's strikes in Iceland in 2016 and 2018.

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