Warburg Talk by Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir

The Best Place to be a Woman? Iceland and Gender Equality

Starts:  4/12/2018  5:00 PM
Ends: 4/12/2018 6:30 PM
Location: Special Functions Room (MCB C-124)

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir's talk will address how Iceland came to be the designated "best place to be a woman" after the collapse of its economy in 2008, and how this label has come to be used by the government to promote the country abroad. Many issues still remain, such as a notable gender pay gap, sexual and gender based violence.

Ómarsdóttir teaches courses on international politics and negotiation at the University of Iceland. She is a women's rights activist and has served on the boards of the Icelandic Feminist Association, The Icelandic Women's Rights Association, the UNIFEM National Committee in Iceland, and the Icelandic Gender Equality Council. She was one of 25 people who helped rewrite the Icelandic constitution.

Presented by the Warburg Program and the Department of Political Science & International Relations, Simmons College, Boston