Formaður FKA í viðtali við erlenda fjölmiðla. 

29. mar. 2017

How-icelandÞórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir, formaður FKA og forstjóri Grayline í viðtali við franska blaðið Ulyces.

Fyrirsögnin er "How Iceland has become the coolest country in the world"

Framtíðarsýn FKA er að hér ríki jafnvægi og fjölbreytni öðrum löndum til fyrirmyndar. Tíðar umfjallanir eru í erlendum blöðum og hvernig Ísland er fyrirmynd í jafnréttismálum á svo margþættan hátt.

Hér má lesa viðtalið í heild sinni

Hér má lesa úrdrátt úr viðtalinu við formann FKA, Þórdísi Lóu.

Þórdís LóaOn 24 October 1975, Iceland was paralyzed. On that day, hospitals, schools, businesses, farms and even homes are unable to function normally. 

And for good reason: 90% of women have abandoned offices, white blouses, desks, kitchens, children and husbands, so that the indispensable nature of their work, whether paid or not, is finally recognized. 

Thousands of them have reached downtown Reykjavík, whose streets with colorful facades echo with their songs."  It was an incredible event,  " recalls Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir, president of the Businesswomen's Association in Iceland. "  

I can still feel the crowd around me - his energy, his power and his pride. "She was ten years old and accompanied her mother, a singer and musician, "  one of the few women of her time to have a full-time career ." "  Most people expected her to give up her dreams to raise her four children, but she did not let herself do it,  " says Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir. His mother's involvement in the strike and demonstration, however, was no more self-evident than that of the other women in her village. "  We had to stand up to the men  ," she says . "  They were afraid of losing control. And they were right. But  above all it was necessary to find a solution of guard for the smallest ...  "Finally, women too old to demonstrate have offered to take care of them. The others are mounted on a bus full to burst in the direction of Reykjavík . 

In the village of Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir, as elsewhere in Iceland, a country that has long been dependent on shipping, women have always been actively involved in economic life. As the men crossed the oceans, they hunted, cultivated, harvested, kept accounts and repaired dwellings. But the industrialization of the island and the development of finance first left them out. And centuries of work had not been enough to open the doors of power to them. In 1975, only nine women had already sat in Parliament.Women protest in Reykjavík in 1975On returning home, Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir and her mother became aware of the extent of the strike and protest movement in which they had just participated. "  In reality, the whole country was watching television, and he could not believe his eyes or his ears.  30,000 women marched through the streets! At that time, that represented a considerable part of the population. The men had to admit that the strike had had an enormous impact. Nothing has ever been like before. "Today, almost half of the Icelandic deputies are MPs and the government is equal. As for Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir, she is the head of one of the most important tourism companies in the country, Gray Line . Previously, she worked for the city of Reykjavík, taught at the university, hosted a television show, run Pizza Hut franchises in Iceland and Finland. "  This course did not stop me from raising two boys and one girl  ," she says. " For the simple reason that having children is a shared responsibility between men and women, not the exclusive responsibility of women. "This idea is not only commonly accepted in Iceland, it is also at the heart of the organization of work and family life. 

At the birth of a child, both parents are entitled to three months' leave each, as well as three additional months, to be shared as they see fit. Since the allowance is high - 80% of the wage up to a ceiling of € 2,600 - and since the father's leave can not be transferred to the mother, 90% of the men benefit.

For Thordis Loa Thorhallsdottir, this system of parental leave set up in 2000 " makes all the difference ", both at home and at work. "  Studies show that after taking their three months of minimum leave, fathers are much more involved in the education of children and household chores  ," she says. " Employers no longer have a valid reason to favour a man to the detriment of a woman in hiring: both will stop working at the birth of their child, both need time to raise it and take care of him. "A parental model that should strongly influence future generations, the only guarantor of the country's recent social advances.


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