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Former “chauvinist” supports Unifem in Iceland

Company owner and self proclaimed male chauvinist Eidur Haraldsson encouraged the guests attending his 60th birthday party held last weekend to make donations to Unifem instead of giving him presents.

“I guess I’ve been a bit of a chauvinist until now, so it might be a good idea to turn it around and support women,” Haraldsson, who owns the contractor company Háfell, told Morgunbladid.

Donations from guests were ISK 400,000 (EUR 4,500, USD 5,800) in total. Haraldsson added another ISK 100,000, so the representatives of Unifem in Iceland, who attended the birthday party, accepted a donation of ISK half a million (ISK 5,600, USD 7,200).

Haraldsson said he has been following the work of Unifem (the United Nations Development Fund for Women) for a while and that he knows the organization needs the money more than he does. “I have enough crystal bowls, candlesticks and stuff like that,” he said.

Sjöfn Vilhelmsdóttir, the managing director of Unifem in Iceland, said she is very thankful for the contribution of Haraldsson and his guests. She said she is especially happy about the fact that the contribution came from a man involved in construction work, a “male type of business.”

The donation will be used for Unifem’s projects in Afghanistan.

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