01.04.2014

Learning from each other

Learning from Each Other: Gender Equality in Iceland and the U.S. 

 

Date: 5/1/2014 
Time: 8:15 AM TO 12:00 PM 

58 Park Avenue 
Scandinavia House 
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 
646-282-9360


Event Description:

"Iceland was the first country where all the highest Offices of State and Church have been held by women: the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Bishop and the Presidents of the Parliament and the Supreme Court. 
How did it happen? That is the essence of our New York dialogue." 
- Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, The President of Iceland 

What works in reducing the educational and economic disparities between men and women? The issue is the focus of an unusual upcoming one-day gathering in New York!

Free Conference on Gender Equality Hosted by:
The Icelandic-American Chamber of Commerce and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the American Scandinavian Foundation.

Iceland was the first country where all the highest Offices of State and Church have been held by women: the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Bishop and the Presidents of the Parliament and the Supreme Court.

How did it happen? That is the essence of our New York dialogue.

Iceland leads the world in closing the gender gap that has held back women around the globe for centuries.  And the U.S. holds the highest ranking among the largest nations, according to The Global Gender Gap Report 2013, issued by the World Economic Forum.

The conference will focus on why and how the people of Iceland have achieved near equality between the genders, and how Americans have continued to close the gap in the U.S. 

Agenda:

 
 
  • Welcome Remarks -Jón Sigurðsson, Chairman IACC, President and CEO, Össur
  • Opening Remarks -Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Presentation #1 – The Iceland Story
  • Presentation #2 – Gender Equality in the US:  The Present and Future
     
     
  • Panel: Gender Equality Issues in Both Countries
  • Moderator: Jenny Nordberg, Journalist (TBC)
  • Panelists:
  • Presentation #3 – Challenges for Women in Business
  • Panel: Challenges for Women Business Owners Today
  • Closing Remarks - President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Iceland has been ranked for five consecutive years as the world’s most advanced nation in terms of gender equality, as measured by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Index.

The island nation has progressed steadily in the index’s four areas: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment, closing its combined gender gap by 87 percent. 

The U.S., ranked 23rd out of 136 nations, has closed its gender gap by 74 percent according to the index. Germany (ranked 14), Britain (18) and Canada  (20) are ranked ahead of the U.S. by relatively small margins.

Iceland’s Nordic neighbors, Finland, Norway and Sweden, closely follow Iceland at the top of the rankings. Thirteen of the top 20 countries are northern European. At the bottom are Chad, Pakistan and Yemen, the latter having closed only 51 percent of its combined gender gap.

See the full report 
here!

Admission:
Free

If you have any questions, please contact Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce at 
iacc@mfa.is or call +1 646 282 9360 .

To register, please RSVP to 
iacc@mfa.is


Directions:
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between E 37th & E 38th Street)

 



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