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Icelander First Male to Head Equality Committee

MP and leader of the Left-Green Movement Steingrímur J. Sigfússon was elected as chairman of the Equality Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly yesterday. He is the first male to head the committee since it was founded in 1998.

The committee, which is the most recent within the assembly, handles equality issues in a broad spectrum, including fighting for women’s rights and against gender-based violence, and encouraging women to participate in every aspect of the community, ruv.is reports.

Currently, Sigfússon and his colleagues from across Europe are involved in a Europe-wide campaign to combat domestic violence against women.

The Council of Europe was established in 1949 and has 47 member states. Its purpose is to stand for human rights, democracy and the constitutional state.

In addition to Sigfússon, MPs Gudfinna S. Bjarnadóttir and Ellert B. Schram also have a seat on the Icelandic division of the Congress of the Council of Europe.

Click here for more information about the assembly.

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