Kristín A. Árnadóttir
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Embassy and Permanent Mission of Iceland in Vienna
Kristín A. Árnadóttir

“For the last 13 years, Iceland has had the honour to be ranked the most gender equal country in the world. This achievement results from the tireless work of women to enact societal change. We have strong role models, such as the first democratically elected female president. And we reached a critical mass regarding women’s participation and empowerment, including through the work of us in the Women Alliance that shattered the glass ceiling in Parliament. However, this status also places great responsibility upon Iceland to continue to lead by example, uphold our standards, and not give in to the serious backlash against gender equality worldwide. We must stay alert, continue to take strategic actions of inclusion, promotion, and empowerment, and never compromise our values. Women’s rights are human rights.“

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

I will promote gender inclusivity in programmes, projects and policies in Vienna Based Organisations by promoting gender transformative or gender neutral language, including in all statements delivered on behalf of Iceland as well as promote women’s empowerment and increase the meaningful and equal participation of women by focusing on nominating and facilitating the participation of women representatives and experts, including gender experts, in meetings, panels, and side events at the Vienna Based Organisations.
I will work to prevent sexual harassment in the work environment by committing to a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment, and by facilitating and engaging in a continuous and open dialogue with employees about sexual harassment.