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Iceland’s Woman of the Year Named

Iceland’s most prominent women’s magazine Nýtt Líf named Freyja Haraldsdóttir Women of the Year for 2007 in its latest issue, published this week. Haraldsdóttir has actively fought to change attitudes towards disabled people.

Nýtt Líf calls Haraldsdóttir (born 1986), who has osteogenisis imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder commonly known as brittle bone disease, “a modern-day hero. A fighter with a strong sense of justice who has devoted her life to […] making sure the community includes everyone. First and foremost she is grateful for life and is determined to enjoy it in every way possible.”

This year Haraldsdóttir toured secondary schools in Iceland, challenging the views of students towards her and other disabled people with her presentation “It is a privilege to live with disability.” She graduated from high school last year and is currently studying to become a developmental therapist.

Nýtt Líf is celebrating its 30th anniversary and its latest issue reviews the magazine’s history and most noteworthy covers since it was first published.

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