Árni Magnússon, Minister of Social Affairs, awarded Free Trade Magazine (an Iceland Review sister publication) a special media award from Iceland’s Equal Status Council reports Morgunbladid.
Free Trade received the award for its coverage of women in the Icelandic business community. According to Fanný Gunnardsdóttir, Chairman of the Equal Status Council, the council has only once before given a special award to the media, in 2002, to the feminist publication Vera.
In his acceptance speech, Jón G. Hauksson, editor of Free Trade said that the magazine had a history of 70 years. In the first years of the magazine, Jón said that there had been little coverage of women in business but with time that had changed for the better. “We believe that covering women in business and women in politics is part of the equal rights discussion,” said Jón.
The University of Iceland was awarded Iceland’s Equal Status Council 2005 Award.
The Equal Status Council is a board of nine members appointed by the Minister of Social Affairs. The chair is appointed without nomination, other representatives are nominated by the “national women’s organizations, the social partners and the University of Iceland”, according to its website. The council’s mission is to equalize the status of women and men in the labor market.