Equality Days 2016

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Equality Days at the University of Iceland are now being held for the 8th time. The programme runs from Monday, October 10th until Friday, October 21st. As usual, all events are free of charge and open to all.

Equality days combine various aspects of equality and feminism and focus on diversity, privilege, silencing, the struggle for equality, power and discrimination. The emphasis is on the opportunities created by placing the ideas of the normative – what is "normal" – and the subordinated under the microscope.

The program is varied and based on inter-disciplinary collaborations where attempts are made to combine festivity and a critical view on the current state of equality issues.

We try to create an open discussion, a better understanding of equality and to increase the visibility of this important issue, utilizing the strength of the broad range of people operating in the field of equality. The aim of Equality Days is to promote discussions and understanding of issues of equality.

All Icelandic universities participate in Equality Days, further information will be posted soon.

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Equality Days in Icelandic / Jafnréttisdagar (á íslensku)

         Equality Days Programme at the University of Iceland 2016

 

Monday 10th of Oct

 

12:00
Equality Days Grand Opening!

University Centre

 

Equality Days will be opened in style, with music, humor and the President of Iceland! Don’t miss it!

 

11:00-13:30
All Sorts of EQUALITY at UI

Háskólatorg

 

Presentations from student organisations, units within UI, committees and research centres that focus on equality issues. Come and chat, join an organisation, get advice and find out the latest in equality research!

 

Tuesday 11th of Oct

 

13:30-15:00

Gendered Króna?

A discussion on the allocation of funding within UI from a gender perspective

Árnagarður 201

 

This event is organised by the Equal Rights Committee of UI. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Wednesday 12th of Oct

 

13:00-14:30

Demanding Attention: The participation and impact of disabled people on Icelandic politics

Litla torg

 

This event is organised by the Department of Disability Studies, The Centre for Disability Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Council for Disability Rights at UI. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Thursday 13th of Oct

 

12:00-13:00
“I’m a perpetrator of violence”. What images do violent perpetrators have of themselves?

Lecture hall of the National Museum of Iceland


This event is organised by RIKK, Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, and is part of its lecture series. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

14:10-15:10

Women of multicultural ethnicity in Iceland: Education, work opportunities and social participation

Lögberg 103
 

Anna Katarzyna Wozniczka, chair of W.O.M.E.N. in Iceland, presents the results of a new research on the situation of immigrant women in Iceland with emphasis on education, work opportunities and social participation. Beatrice Garcia will also share her story, she is a young, well educated women of Cuban origin who has lived in Iceland for several years and is currently self employed. Friðrika Harðardóttir, director of the International Office of UI, will be moderator.

 

The event is organised by W.O.M.E.N. in Iceland and the International Office of University of Iceland. It is in Icelandic and English, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

20.00-23.00

Equality Days Movie Night

Samtökin '78

 

The Equal Opportunities Committee of the Student Union invites you to join them for Equality Days Movie Night - a movie and a chat. The movie shown will be Intersexion, a documentary about the lives and experiences of intersex people. After the movie, Bríet Finnsdóttir, vice chair of Intersex Iceland will answer questions and lead a discussion about the film. This event is held at Samtökin '78, the national queer organisation of Iceland, located at Suðurgata 3 in Reykjavík city centre. The venue is accessible and everyone is welcome. The movie will be in English, discussions mostly in Icelandic.

 

Friday 14th of Oct

 

11:45-13:15

Trans People and the Health Care System

HT 104


What are trans peoples’ experiences of the health care system? Do they have a say when it comes to their own health care? Representatives from Trans Iceland, Ástráður and the trans team at the national hospital will discuss the situation.

 

The event is organised by The School of Health Sciences. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Monday 17th of Oct

 

12:00-13:00

Gendered and Sexual Violence. Options and support, or a lack thereof?

Litla torg

 

This event is organised by the Equal Rights Committee of UI. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Tuesday 18th of Oct

 

9:00-13:00

Gender Budgeting - an Investment for the Future

The Nordic House


Keynote speaker Angela O´Hagan will discuss gender budgeting, results from the GARCIA project on gender budgeting at universities will be presented and members of the Ministry of Finance and Reykjavík City will discuss their experiences of gender budgeting.

 

The conference is in Icelandic and English and organised by GARCIA, The School of Social Sciences, Ministry of Finance and Reykjavík City. The venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

12:00-13:00

Queer talks: Sports and Queer People

Gimli 102

 

Q - Queer Student Organisation will continue it’s lecture series this autumn, starting with a lecture on queer people and sports. The speaker is María Helga Guðmundsdóttir, chair of Samtökin ‘78 (National Queer Organisation) and karate trainer.

 

The event is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Wednesday 19th of Oct

 

12:00-13:00

Teaching, Gender and Social Justice

Gimli 331


The Equality Policy of UI states that teaching must be gender mainstreamed. During this lecture Thomas Brorsen Smidt will introduce gender mainstreaming approaches to teaching. Specifically looking at teaching plans, reading materials and teaching methods.

 

Thomas Brorsen Smidt is a PhD student in Gender Studies. The event is organised by the GARCIA project and The School of Social Sciences. It is in English, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

20:00

Equality Days Pub Quiz

Loft Hostel

 

Do you think you know everything there is to know about equality? Well then this is an event for you! Do you want to know everything there is to know about equality? Well then this is also an event for you! The event is organised by the Youth Division of UN Women in Iceland. It is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

Thursday 20th of Oct

 

12:00-13:00

Research, Gender and Social Justice

Gimli 301


Research funds increasingly require that researchers incorporate gender and its influences into their projects. During this lecture Thomas Brorsen Smidt will discuss gender mainstreaming in research and will present a toolkit, which is part of a project in cooperation with 7 European universities and research centres.

 

Thomas Brorsen Smidt is a PhD student in Gender Studies. The event is organised by Garcia and the Organization of Women in Science, it is in English, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

20:00-22:00

To Empower and Shock for 20 years

The Gender Studies Department's 20th Birthday!

HT 101


This autumn the Gender Studies programme at the University of Iceland celebrates 20 years of existence. On that occasion there will be a birthday party Thursday October 20th in HT-101 from 20 to 22. Karen Ásta Kristjánsdóttir MA in gender studies will give a talk based on her thesis ”Ástríða og akademía: Kynjafræðileg þekking, miðlun og framkvæmd” where she maps the experience of several gender studies students (http://skemman.is/item/view/1946/21035). Following the talk there will be a few 5-minutes micro talks given by former students. Lára Rúnars will perform a few songs, and Steinunn Rögnvaldsdóttir will serve as toastmistress. Finally a birthday cake will be served.

The event is hosted by the gender studies programme at the University of Iceland, it will be held in Icelandic and the venue is accessible. Everyone is welcome.

 

Friday 21st of Oct

 

11:40-12:20

Movie Premiere!

Stakkahlíð H-101

 

Students from the vocational diploma studies for people with disabilities will premiere videos that they have recently made. The event is in Icelandic and the venue is accessible. Everyone is welcome.

 

12:00-12:15

Stand-Up Comedy with Sigga Dögg!

University Centre

 

Getting ready to laugh your way through lunch with some sexology related jokes as Sigga Dögg tells us about the more humourous side of sex. She is known for being open and outspoken when it comes to sex and sexology, and will not be holding anything back during Equality Days.

 

The jokes will be in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

12:30-13:30

Equality in BDSM?

Árnagarður 201

 

BDSM Iceland was recently accepted as a member organisation of Samtökin '78 (national queer organisation of Iceland) after much debate and conflict. Q the Queer Student Association of UI has stood behind BDSM Iceland and would now like to open up a discussion about the organisation within UI. Magnús Hákonarson, chair of BDSM Iceland, will discuss the organisation and the connections between and what equality discourses can learn from BDSM.

 

The event is in Icelandic, the venue is accessible and everyone is welcome.

 

 

17:00-19:00

The Last Hurrah!

Litla Torg

 

Come and say goodbye to Equality Days 2016 with us between 17:00-19:00 at Litla Torg. Have a nibble and a drink and enjoy a bit of glitter and glamour!

 

 

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