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More Men than Women Manage State Institutions

More than 70 percent of all state-run institutions in Iceland are managed by men, as revealed when MP for the Social Democrats Thórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir posed a question on the matter at the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, last week.

Althingi. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

All ministries except for the Ministry of Transport have replied to Sveinbjarnardóttir’s question. A total of 201 institutions belong to the ministries; 141 of these institutions are managed by men and 60 by women, Fréttabladid reports.

The gender imbalance is the most within the Ministry of the Environment where 11 out of 12 institutions are managed by men. The imbalance is the least at the Ministry of Social Affairs where eight men are in charge of respective institutions and seven women.

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