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Live, online 9 – 11TH November

Shaping Global Conversation


In a year that has underscored the need for greater women’s leadership and parity in decision making, the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders is one of the very few platforms where hundreds of Leaders from all sectors, including politics, business, civil society, academia, the arts, and media, can Power, Together to build back a more resilient and equal society.


The Forum relies on a high level and ambassadorial committee of Co-Chairs. The committee is made up of leading figures from academia, civil Society, business, and politics who identify with the mission of the Reykjavík Global Forum have been actively supporting women to express their voices. Co-Chairs are nominated by the Women Political Leaders Board and approved by the Icelandic Steering Committee.

Co-chairs advise on the Forum program and its activities, thereby pushing conversations out of the comfort zone to explore ways to respond to societal issues.

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  • Rebeca Grynspan

    Secretary-General, Secretaria General Iberoamericana (SEGIB)

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    Executive Director, UN Women

  • Obiageli ”Oby” Ezekwesili

    Public Policy Expert and Senior Economic Adviser, AEDPI

  • Michelle Nunn

    President and CEO, CARE

  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir

    Prime Minister of Iceland

  • Atsushi Sunami

    President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Featured Conversationists

At the Forum, one is not an attendee, but an invited leader; someone who can hear what is being said, can add value to and share the passion for the conversation: a Conversationist.

... The Forum is the platform where leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions. To achieve that, everyone needs to participate and enter the conversation ...
Featured Conversationists
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  • Abeer Seikaly

    Artist, Architect, Cultural Producer

  • Adriana Sierra Leal

    Refugee Livelihoods and Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Officer at ILO

  • Ailish Campbell

    Ambassador Designate of Canada to the European Union, Global Affairs Canada

  • Aimee Gonzales

    Executive Director of PEMSEA

  • Alexandra Abreu Loureiro

    Senior Advisor of Brunswick Group GmbH

  • Álfheiður Ágústsdóttir

    CEO of Elkem

  • Álfheiður Ingadóttir

    Minister of Health of Iceland (2009-2010)

  • Aliya Hamza Malik

    Member, Parliament of Pakistan

  • Amanda Bok

    CEO of the European Hemophilia Consortium

  • Amanda Nguyen

    CEO and Founder, Rise

  • Ambassador Nina Hachigian

    Deputy Mayor for International Affairs of Los Angeles and US Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (2014-2017)

  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

    President of Mauritius (2015-2018), Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Amina J. Mohammed

    Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Aminata Touré

    President of Economic Council (2019-2020), Prime Minister (2013-2014), Minister of Justice Attorney General (2012-2013), Senegal; Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Amy Weaver

    President, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce

  • Angélique Kidjo

    Singer-Songwriter, Goodwill Ambassador, UNICEF

  • Anika Jane Dorothy

    Convener, Young Women in Political Parties Leadership KE; East Africa Coordinator, AMPLIFY GIRLS

  • Anino Emuwa

    Founder and Managing Director, Avandis Consulting

  • Anita Bhatia

    Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

  • Ann Cairns

    Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard

  • Anna Fiscale

    Founder & President of Progetto Quid

  • Anna Konig Jerlmyr

    Mayor of Stockholm

  • Anna Sophie Herken

    Business Division Head, Allianz Asset Management GmbH; Member of the Board of Allianz Life (USA); Member of the Board of CPIC Fund Management Co. Ltd. (China)

  • Anna Zaleski Mori

    (UN/WTO) ITC Partnerships and Project Manager

  • Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

    CEO, Plan International

  • Anu Bradford

    Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School

  • Anuradha Gupta

    Deputy CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

  • Ariadne Papathedorou

    Youth Activist

  • Asa Lindestam

    First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and Member of the Riksdag

  • Asa Regner

    Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

  • Atsushi Sunami

    President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

  • Auðbjörg Ólafsdóttir

    Global Director of Communications at Marel

  • Barbara Angehrn

    Chief Business Officer of Vifor Pharma

  • Belén Garijo

    Deputy CEO, Vice Chair of the Executive Board, CEO, Healthcare, CEO Designate, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

  • Birgitta Ohlsson

    Member of the Riksdag

  • Birna Osk Einarsdóttir

    CCO of Icelandair

  • Bjarnheidur Hallsdottir

    CEO of Katla DMI & Chair of SAF

  • Blessing Omakwu

    Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Founder, The She Tank

  • Brenna Huckaby

    Gold Medal Snowboarder and Advocate

  • Caroline Wozniacki

    Former World Number One Professional Tennis Player

  • Catharina Boehme

    CEO of FIND

  • Cecilia Alemany

    Deputy Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean at UN Women

  • Charlotte Kirby

    Vice President, Global Strategic Relations, Salesforce

  • Christian Lanng

    CEO and Co-Founder, Tradeshift

  • Christiana Figueres

    Founding Partner, Global Optimism & Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

  • Christine Heenan

    Senior Partner, Flagship Pioneering; Founder & President, Clarendon Group

  • Christy Tanner

    Executive Vice-President and General Manager of CBS News Digital, CBS Corporation

  • Clare Akamanzi

    Executive CEO, Rwanda Development Board

  • Claudia Romo Edelman

    Founder, We Are All Human Foundation

  • Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson

    Mayor of Reykjavik City

  • Dalia Grybauskaitè

    President, Lithuania (2009-2019), Chair Emerita, the Council of Women World Leaders (2014-2019), Member, Council of Women World Leaders

  • Damilola Ogunbiyi

    CEO of Sustainable Energy for All; Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Co-Chair of UN-Energy

  • David Cruickshank

    Chair of the Board of Directors, Social Progress Imperative

  • Deborah Berke

    Architect, Dean, Yale School of Architecture, Founder, Deborah Berke Partners

  • Deborah Wince-Smith

    President of the US Council on Competitiveness

  • Denis Mukwege

    Founder and Medical Director, Panzi Hospital; 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the WPL Advisory Board

  • Diane Wang

    Founder & Chairperson,

  • Dr. Árelía Eydís Guðmundsdóttir

    Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the University of Iceland

  • Dr. Dara Kay Cohen

    Associate Professor at Harvard University

  • Dr. Diana Rodriguez Franco

    Director of the Environmental Justice at Dejusticia

  • Dr. John Beard

    Director of WHO’s Department of Ageing and Life Course

  • Dr. Katja Nagel

    Managing Director of Cetacea GmbH

  • Dr. Patricia J. Harned

    CEO of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative

  • Dr. Roopa Dhatt

    Co-founder & Executive Director of Women in Global Health

  • Dr. Sharon Melnick,

    CEO of Horizon Point Inc.

  • Drue Kataoka

    CEO, Drue Kataoka Studios

  • Dubravka Šuica

    Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography

  • Elaine Quijano

    CBSN Anchor, CBS News Digital

  • Elisa Tarazona Gines

    CEO, Ribera Salud

  • Elise Hufano

    Partner, theDifference

  • Emma Codd

    Deloitte Global Advisor on Respect and Inclusion

  • Erna Solberg

    Prime Minister, Norway (2013-present), Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Felicia Knaul

    Director, Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas; Professor, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami; Founding President, Tómatelo a Pecho, A.C.

  • Francesca Donner

    Gender Director and Editor of In Her Words, New York Times

  • Gianna Sagazio

    Innovation Director at CNI

  • Githinji Gitahi

    CEO of AMREF Health Africa

  • Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

    Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation, Iceland

  • Guoni Thorlacius Jóhannesson

    President, Iceland (2016-present)

  • H.E. Toyin Saraki

    Founder & President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa

  • Hafsat Abiola

    President, Women in Africa (WIA), Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy

  • Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

    Chair, Reykjavík Global Forum, Member, the WPL Board, Senior Advisor Women’s Leadership, UN Women

  • Hauwa Ojeifo

    Certified Mental Health Coach & Advocate; Executive Director, She Writes Woman

  • Helen Clark

    Prime Minister, New Zealand (1999-2008), Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (2009-2017), Chair, WPL Board, Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Helena Dalli

    EU Commissioner for Equality

  • Helga Dögg Björgvinsdóttir

    Customer Success Manager at Men & Mice

  • Helgi Runar Oskarsson

    CEO of 66° North

  • Henrike von Platen

    CEO & Founder of FPI Lab

  • Hera Hussain

    Founder of CHAYN

  • Hillary Clinton

    U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013)

  • Hiltrud D. Werner

    Member, Board of Management responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, Volkswagen AG

  • Hon. Samira Rafaela

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir

    Director of Festa

  • Iris Loew-Friedrich

    Chief Medical Officer, UCB

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil

    President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities

  • Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado

    Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2019), Panama

  • Isabel Vaz

    CEO of Luz Saúde Health

  • Janina Kugel

    Non-Executive Board Member and Senior Advisor

  • Jess Phillips

    Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, Member, House of Commons, UK, WPL Ambassador

  • José Manuel Barroso

    Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Chairman-Elect, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, President, European Commission (2004-2014), Prime Minister, Portugal (2002-2004)

  • Joyce Banda

    President, Malawi (2012-2014), Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Jude Kelly

    Founder and Director, The WOW Foundation

  • Julia Gillard

    Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College; Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Julia Novy-Hildesley

    Professor of the Practice, Stanford University, Executive Director, Stanford’s Change Leadership for Sustainability Program

  • Julia Simon

    Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Mary Kay

  • Julie L. Gerberding

    Executive Vice-President and Chief Patient Officer of Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health, MSD

  • K.K. Shailaja Teacher

    Minister, Health and Social Welfare, Kerala State, India

  • Kathryn Gunnarsson

    Founder of Geko

  • Katja Iversen

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Women Deliver

  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir

    Prime Minister, Iceland (2017-present), Chair, the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Katrín Olga Jóhannesdóttir

    Chair, Iceland Chamber of Commerce

  • Keitumetse Pule

    Founder & Executive Director, Tshwelopele le Katlego NPC, G(irls)20 Delegate, South Africa

  • Kelley Curie

    Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, US

  • Kersti Kaljulaid

    President, Estonia ((2016-present), Member, the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

    4th President of Croatia (2015-2020); WPL Ambassador for Immunization, Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (2019-2020)

  • Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir

    Historian at IceFemin, Director of the Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality (2007-2017)

  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda

    President, Costa Rica (2010-2014), Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

  • Lenita Freidenvall

    Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor of the Sweden Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Division of Gender Equality

  • Lila Karbassi

    Chief of Programmes at UN Global Compact

  • Lilianne Ploumen

    Member of the Dutch House of Representatives

  • Lina Gálvez Muñoz

    Member; Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, The European Parliament

  • Lindsay Glassco

    President and CEO at Plan International Canada

  • Lopa Banerjee

    Director, Civil Society Division & Executive Coordinator, Generation Equality Forum, UN Women

  • Lutfey Siddiqi

    Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor-in-Practice, London School of Economics

  • Magnea Thorey Hjalmarsdottir

    Managing Director at Icelandair Hotels

  • Mami Mizutori

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction; Head of UNDRR

  • Manuela Kasper-Claridge

    Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle

  • Maria Ressa

    CEO & Executive Director, Rappler

  • Mariana Cammisa

    SDGs Officer at General and International Affairs Secretariat of the Buenos Aires City Government

  • Marianne Amssoms

    CEO, Carpe mutatio

  • Marie Teil

    Global Project Lead at UCB

  • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    President of Eurochild; President of Malta (2014-2019); Member of WPL Board; Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Marilou Mcpherdan

    Member of the Senate of Canada

  • Marjut Falkstedt

    Secretary General, European Investment Bank (EIB)

  • Mark Pollock

    Explorer, Speaker & Collaborator, The Mark Pollock Trust

  • Martin Bruncko

    Founder and Managing Partner, Steam Capital

  • Mary Robinson

    President, Ireland (1990-1997), High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN (1997-2002), Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin, Chair, The Elders, Member, the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Matt Swift

    Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Concordia

  • Megan Elias

    Yale Young Global Scholar, UK

  • Melanne Verveer

    Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Georgetown University, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, United States (2009-2013)

  • Melinda Gates

    Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Michelle Bachelet

    President, Chile (2006-2010 and 2014-2018), Member, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Member, the WPL Global Advisory Board

  • Michelle Harrison

    Global CEO, Kantar Public

  • Michelle Milford Morse

    Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy at the UN Foundation

  • Michelle Nunn

    President and CEO, CARE USA

  • Miko Maekawa

    Senior Research Fellow at SPF

  • Moa Westman

    Gender Specialist at EIB

  • Momoko Kitada

    Associate Professor at World Maritime University

  • Musimbi Kanyoro

    President and CEO, Global Fund for Women (2011-2019)

  • Naina Subberwal Batra

    Chairperson and CEO, AVPN

  • Nancy G. Brinker

    Founder of Susan G.Komen and The Promise Fund, Global Cancer Advocate

  • Nancy Kacungira

    Moderator, BBC News

  • Natalia Korolevska

    Minister of Social Policy, Ukraine (2012-2014), Member, Parliament of Ukraine

  • Nicola Blackwood

    Member of the House of Lords of the UK, Member of the UK (2010-2017)

  • Ninie Wang

    Founder and CEO of Pinetree Care Group

  • Nurhayati Ali Assegaf

    Member of the WPL Board, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Party (Partai Demokrat) of Indonesia, President of the Geneva Council for International Affairs and Development (GCIAD)

  • Oby Ezekwesili

    Senior Economic Adviser, The Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), Co-Founder, #BringBackOurGirls Movement

  • Olafur Eliasson

    Artist, Studio Olafur Eliasson

  • Olivier Oullier

    President, EMOTIV

  • Pascalle Grotenhuis

    Director Social Development & Ambassador for Women’s Rights & Gender Equality for the Government of Netherlands

  • Pat Milligan

    CEO of Edge Americas

  • Pat Mitchell

    Curator, Convener, Founder of Connected Women Leaders

  • Paulina Olsson

    Co-founder & CEO of Peppy Pals

  • Peggy Maguire

    Director-General of European Institute for Women’s Health

  • Pekka Haavisto

    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    Executive Director, UN Women, Co-chair, Reykjavík Global Forum 2020

  • Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana

    Member, European Parliament

  • Princess Marie-Esméralda

    Chair of Friendship Belgium and of King Leopold III Fund for Nature Exploration and Conservation, journalist, author, activist for the environment and Human Rights.

  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis

    Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • Rebeca Grynspan

    Vice-President, Costa Rica (1994-1998), Secretary-General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), Under-Secretary General, United Nations (2010-2014)

  • Roopa Dhatt

    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women in Global Health

  • Rosalía Arteaga Serrano

    President, Ecuador (1997), Vice-President, Ecuador (1996-1998), Executive President, FIDAL Foundation, Member, WPL Board

  • Rose Beaumont

    Senior Vice President, Business Enablement and Communications, Mastercard

  • Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

    Prime Minister, Namibia (2015-present), Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Samantha Jones

    President & CEO of Centene Corporation

  • Sanda Ojiambo

    CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact

  • Sandra Oyarzo Torres

    President of the Association of Midwives Chile

  • Sandra Pepera

    Senior Associate and Director, Gender, Woman and Democracy at NDI

  • Sandy Beky

    Co-founder & President of HeHop Help for Hope

  • Sarah Hendriks

    Director Programme, Policy and Intergovernmental Division, UN Women

  • Shirin Wheeler

    Principal Advisor of International Media at EIB

  • Shoukei Matsumoto

    Buddhist Monk, Author, ‘A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind’

  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin

    President and Founder, Women Political Leaders (WPL)

  • Simona Scarpaleggia

    Co-Chair of the United Nations panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Stav Shaffir

    Member, Parliament of Israel (The Knesset)

  • Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

    Fashion Designer and Artist

  • Sue Kelsey

    Executive Vice President for Global Consumer Solutions and Financial Inclusion, Mastercard

  • Sundaa Bridgett-Jones

    Managing Director, Policy and Coalitions, Communications, Policy and Advocacy, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Sunna Dóra Einarsdóttir

    Partner and CFO of Deloitte Iceland

  • Susan Coatar

    Vice President, Chief of Staff, Centene Corporation

  • Susi Pudjiastuti

    Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia (2014-2019)

  • Suzanne Biegal

    Co-founder of GenderSmart Investing

  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

    Democratic Opposition Leader, Presidential Candidate, Belarus (2020), Human Rights Activist

  • Tao Zhang

    Deputy Managing Director, IMF

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

    Director-General, World Health Organization

  • Teresa Verthein

    Head of Government Affairs for Mexico, Colombia and Central America, Salesforce

  • Tewodreos Ashenafi

    Chairman and CEO, SouthWest Energy Ltd

  • Theresa Rose Sebastian

    Activist and Advocate for Justice & Reform

  • Thoraya Obaid

    Chair, W20, Member, Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness & Response (2020-2021), Executive Director, UNFPA, Under-Secretary-General, UN (2001-2010)

  • Unnur Orradóttir Ramette

    Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland, Paris

  • Veronique Toully

    Vice President and Global Head of Strategy of UCB

  • Victoria Budson

    Executive Director of the Women and Public Po

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

    President of Iceland (1980-1996); Member of the Council of Women World Leaders

  • Vikas Pota

    Founder, T4 Education

  • Yoko Kamikawa

    Minister of Justice of Japan, WPL Country Ambassador of Japan

  • Yonca Dervisoglu

    Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA, Google

  • Yumiko Marakami

    Head of OECD Tokyo Centre

  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

    Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • Þorbjörg Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir

    Member of the Parliament of Iceland

Going digital, ensuring safety

Because the opportunity to advance women’s leadership in this symbolic and challenging year cannot be underestimated and neither can our commitment to creating an inclusive convening moment, we have made the decision to transform the Forum to ensure global conversations.

While we will all miss the icy wind and Northern Lights of Iceland, this decision allows us to ensure the safety of the Reykjavík Global Forum community.

Together with our Icelandic co-hosts, we are thrilled to announce the opportunity “to be together in Iceland” in spirit while we cannot in person. This will be made possible through the “Reykjavík Satellites”; small, local gatherings co-hosted by Icelandic embassies and consulates around the world. These events, which will adhere to local health and safety guidelines, will all have the same programme and play an important part in the wider, global programme.

Conversationists of the digital gathering, will be joined by participants of the Reykjavík Satellites and jointly contribute to the overall Forum outcome: the Reykjavik Manual.

New to the Forum this year, the Manual will gather the insights, best practices, and solutions offered by women leaders around the world in a practical guide on how to ‘build back better’.


The Reykjavík Global Forum takes place in Iceland. For many years Iceland has been the global champion in the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report which examines disparities between men and women in terms of political empowerment, economic opportunity, education and health.

milestones that matter:
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Women gain national suffrage and the right to hold office
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The first woman elected to the Icelandic Parliament
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Equal Pay Act approved by the Parliament
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Women nationwide take a day off on October 24
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Equality Act approved and the Equaliry Council is founded
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The first nationally elected female president in the world
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The Women’s Alliance runs for Parliament
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Equal rights of women and men stated in the constitution
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Equal rights of women and men of parental leave
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Companies are obliged to have 40% women or men on board

4 things that made the difference

Equal Parental Leave

9 Months (3 for women, 3 for men and 3 to share). A combination of guaranteed daycare and parental leave allows women to continue working post-children. Over several years, men taking parental leave is up to 90%.

Equal Pay Law

On 1 June 2017, Iceland passed an instrumental law requiring proof from all Icelandic companies that they are paying men and women equally for doing the same job.

Strong Female Role Models and Women in Power

47% of MP’s are women, over 65% of members in local governments are women; over 65% of university students of women; 80% of women participate in the labour market.

Consensus From Left to Right

Icelandic women have, in most cases, agreed upon the greatest gender equality steps taken, across party lines.