Former Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir has been offered a senior position at UN Women in Afghanistan and is currently going through the paperwork in order to take on the position in Kabul.
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Gísladóttir confirmed this to Fréttabladid yesterday. According to the newspaper, the position is extensive because some of UN Women’s largest projects are carried out in the region.
The institution works towards equality and enhancing women’s rights in developing countries and war-torn regions.
In addition to supervising UN Women’s projects in Afghanistan, Gísladóttir would also be part of the United Nation’s team in the country and work closely with other UN institutions.
Gísladóttir served as Iceland’s foreign minister and chair of the Social Democratic Alliance when the banks collapsed in 2008. She retired from politics in 2009 after the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition was terminated after a series of protests.
She applied for a position to fight human trafficking in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) the same year and was among finalists but wasn’t hired for the position.