September 7, 2023

Podcast: Human Rights in Iceland. Promising Practices

This podcast is based on a study visit in Iceland done by the Equality and Human Rights Action Center (ACTEDO) in June 2023. Over the course of a week, we were welcomed by 9 organizations whose work centers on human rights, particularly gender equality and LGBTQIA+ rights.

Why Iceland? The country has been a global trailblazer in the field of human rights, and the World Economic Forum has named it the most gender-equal country for 14 years in a row, with over 90% of the gender gap closed. The country has also made significant progress in LGBTQIA+ rights, scoring 71% on ILGA Europe's Rainbow map 2023.

Over three episodes, you will hear excerpts from our meetings with advocates focusing on three main issues in human rights work: gender equality, gender-based violence, and LGBTQIA+ rights and anti-gender movements.

The first episode covers the Icelandic organizations most closely working to achieve gender equality and contains interviews with representatives of the Human Rights and Democracy Office of the City Hall of Reykjavík, The Women's Counseling, the Directorate of Equality, and the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA).

In the second episode we discuss gender-based violence with members of The Women’s Shelter Association, Stígamót, and The Icelandic Human Rights Centre (ICEHR), while the podcast concludes with a discussion on LGBTQIA+ rights and anti-gender movements with representatives of Samtökin '78, Trans Ísland, and the Human Rights and Democracy Office of the City Hall of Reykjavík.

Listen to the episodes below.

Alternatively, listen to them on Spotify here.

Episode 1: Human rights in Iceland. Gender equality

Episode 2: Human rights in Iceland. Gender-based violence

Episode 3: Human rights in Iceland. LGBTI rights and antigender movements


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