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REYKJAVIK GLOBAL
FOCUSES ON IMPACT THROUGH    
INITIATIVES

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THE REYKJAVIK ACTION ITEMS

In November 2023 The Reykjavík Global announced the launch of the Reykjavík Action Items at the 6th annual Forum.

Reykjavík Global asked its Conversationists and global community members to advocate for The Reykjavík Action Items in business, government, and societal policy-making. “The Reykjavík Action Items represent the commitment of our Reykjavík Global community to achieving global gender equality,” said Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Chair and Co-founder of the Reykjavík Global Forum. “Today, we collectively pledge to use our power, influence, and privilege to drive that change.”

“The Reykjavík Action Items represent the commitment of our Reykjavík Global community to achieving global gender equality,” “Today, we collectively pledge to use our power, influence, and privilege to drive that change.”

The four Reykjavík Action Items based on Iceland’s successful policy models contributing to its high ranking in gender equality measurements, they are: 

The Reykjavík Action Items are grounded in Iceland’s progressive and proven gender equality policy models.

Iceland consistently ranks among the highest countries in the world for gender equality, including in the Reykjavík Index, the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report, etc. Equal pay, equal representation, equal parental leave, and ending gender based violence are considered the critical factors in Iceland’s multi-decade path to gender equality success. 

 

The Four Reykjavík Action Items were developed by Reykjavík Global’s Action Advisory Board in a collaborative study of the factors contributing to societies that rank the highest in the Reykjavík Index, the first measure of perceptions of women and men as leaders.  

ACTION ADVISORY BOARD

Since its inception in 2018 the Reykjavik Global has evolved from an annual event into a community with year-round activities with the goal of enabling women to attain and retain power.

The Community aims to gather on several occasions during significant global events and unite women leaders and their allies in action towards a more equal world. To advance this goal and collectively create our global community of actions, the Reykjavík Global has been joined by valuable international partners who collectively create the Action Advisory Board. 

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Dr. Anino Emuwa

Founder,

100 Women@Davos

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Michelle Harrisson

Global CEO

Verian

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Dominik Weh

Co Head

Public Sector & Policy Practice Europe,

Oliver Wyman

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Lopa Banerjee 

Director at the Civil

Society Section,

UN Women

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Hanna Birna

Kristjánsdóttir

Chair and Co-Founder, Reykjavik Global

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Lisa Sun

Founder and CEO,

Gravitas

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Laura Liswood

Secretary General,

Council of Women

World Leaders

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Janna Salokangas

Co-founder, Mia and FinnishFlow

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Sandra Pepera

Director, National Democratic Institute

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Katja Iversen

 Executive Adviser,

Author, Board Member

& Global Advocate

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Jane Geraghty

Chief Client Officer

WPP

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Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Founder and President, Women Political

Leaders

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Holly Gordon

Executive Director at

Sean Connery

Foundation

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Adrianne C. Smith

Founder,

Inkwell Beach

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Susannah Wellford

Founder and CEO,

Running Start

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Ana Kreacic 

Chief Knowledge Officer

 Oliver Wyman Group

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Christy Tanner 

Senior Advisor,

Reykjavik Global Forum

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Gabriela Cuaves Barrón

Former President of

the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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Claire Tavernier

Media and

Digital Advisor

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Amy Barnett

Senior Advisor at

Bravo Mondo Corp.

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Michelle Milford Morse

Vice President at UN Foundation’s Girls and Women Strategy

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Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry,

Botswana (2018-2019)

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Elise Hufano

Designer and Partner, theDifference

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Ragnheiður Elín

Árnadóttir

Director, OECD

Development Centre

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Christina Lowery

CEO,

Girl Rising

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REYKJAVIK INDEX FOR LEADERSHIP
2023 / 2024

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2023-24 data
shows that we have not merely seen stagnation in some areas, but regression on the perception of women and men being equally suitable for leadership

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When the Reykjavík Index for Leadership was first launched in 2018, it was acknowledged that progress on the perception of women’s leadership was far from guaranteed. Nevertheless, it was fully hoped at that time to witness improvements in perceptions in the years to come, with countries and sectors approaching the target score of 100, meaning an absence of prejudice. 

 

The findings revealed significant, complex, and deep-seated prejudice towards women – women were not seen as equally suitable to lead. They revealed entrenched gender norms in the perception of leadership across the economy, but particularly in those sectors that are seen as traditionally male, such as defense and police, or female, such as childcare. 

Six years on, and the 2023-24 data shows that we have not merely seen stagnation in some areas, but regression on the perception of women and men being equally suitable for leadership, with the data for the G7 in the Index this year dropping two Index points lower than was first measured in 2018.

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Michelle Harrison’s presentation on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership at the Forum in November 2023 included a combination of hopeful and encouraging message for the Nordic countries, as well as some worrying statements regarding the perceptions of young people.

 

The Nordic countries: Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the Netherlands, produce Index scores that are significantly higher than the rest of those measured in the Index. Iceland remains the standout performer. 

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POWER, TOGETHER AWARDS

For the annual POWER, TOGETHER. AWARDS, the Reykjavik Global honours outstanding initiatives, where people join forces to effect great change.

 

The power to advance society – to change and move things in a positive way – comes from using our power, together. This is especially true when change is needed to increase the number and influence of women leaders.

 

Together, women can make the changes necessary; together, women can create societies of better diversity; together, women can make sure the future holds as many opportunities for girls and women as for boys and men.

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2023 AWARD WINNERS

The POWER, TOGETHER Awards 2023, honouring outstanding initiatives where people join forces and use their power to advance society together and achieve great change, were presented during a ceremony at the Reykjavík Global Forum on November 14 2023, as the Forum convened in Iceland with more than 500 Conversationists.

 

The Reykjavík Global Forum is proud to bestow the POWER, TOGETHER Awards to the following recipients

KVENNAFRÍ

Kvennafri is a women-led movement advocating for gender and income equality in Iceland. The movement dates back to October 24th 1975, where women all over Iceland left work, and did not do any housework or childcaring at home to demonstrate the importance of women’s contribution to society. 25,000 women out of a population of then 220,000 people in Iceland, took part and gathered in the capital of Reykjavík for a rally. This day was popularly called “Kvennafrí”, or ‘Women’s Day Off’. 

The following year, the Icelandic Parliament passed a law guaranteeing equal pay. The strike paved the way for the election of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first democratically elected woman president in the world, five years later, in 1980. The strike also resulted in the creation of the Women’s Alliance Party that ran for the first time in local elections in 1982 and parliamentary elections in 1983.

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In 1985, 25,000 women left their work again to protest income inequality. And the Women’s Day Off continued to take place in 2005, 2010, 2016 and 2018 where women also rallied for gender equality. Recently, on Tuesday 24 October 2023, more than 100,000 women and nonbinary people in Iceland joined another one-day strike, the country’s largest effort to protest workplace inequality in nearly five decades.  

 

#Kvennafri is being awarded the Power, Together Award to recognise their important, continuous, and tireless work to highlight gender inequalities, particularly income inequalities, in Iceland, even as the country ranks first for gender equality globally, proving that the work for gender equality is never finished.

GLIDE initiative

GLIDE Initiative,

led by Outright International, Synergía, and IFES

The Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy and Empowerment (GLIDE) Initiative is a unique collaboration between Outright International, Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). GLIDE seeks to stimulate the participation and engagement of LGBTIQ people and organisations in democratic spaces and processes.

The GLIDE Initiative puts LGBTIQ people at the helm of democratic initiatives. It enables LGBTIQ people to participate and influence decision-making to advance acceptance and be a force for addressing exclusionary laws, practices and norms that seek to dismantle democracy and LGBTIQ rights.

GLIDE Initiative is being awarded the Power, Together Award to recognise their crucial work to reduce inequalities and transform the future for LGBTIQ people globally, and particularly for facilitating participation of LGBTIQ people in decision-making in the Global South, where discriminatory laws, practices and norms, and barriers to democratic participation are often particularly prevalent and severe.

PROJECT
DANDELION

Project Dandelion is the first global, women-led campaign for climate justice. Their mission is to build a chorus of voices that will help us to reach and motivate 2 billion people to ACT for Climate Justice. 

Every movement needs a symbol. The Dandelion is designed to be the connecting tissue between all the elements of the growing climate justice movement - schoolchildren with Fridays for Future, young people protesting, indigenous peoples with their wisdom, local communities, progressive business leaders, religious leaders, artists, philanthropists - the list goes on. Women leaders will bring a new galvanising energy to this movement.

Project Dandelion is being awarded the Power, Together Award to recognise their invaluable work and focus on mobilizing women leaders to take action to secure a safe climate future for all. 

“The POWER, TOGETHER Award winners are outstanding leaders who share a commitment to taking action to achieve gender equality,”

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