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Pioneer in women’s politics appointed political assistant

Kristrún Lind Birgisdóttir, who took part in founding a political platform for women, www.tikin.is, has been appointed as new assistant to Iceland’s Minister of Transport.

Birgisdóttir (born 1971) is assistant principal of elementary school Lindarskóli in Kópavogur. She has also served as advisor at the West Fjords Educational Center and as project leader at the Ministry of Education. She will start working for Minister of Transport Sturla Bödvarsson this week.

“I am really looking forward to start working as the Minister of Transport’s new political assistant,” Birgisdóttir told icelandreview.com. “I expect that my new job will be diverse and provide me with a lot of experience.”

“The Ministers in Iceland are allowed to hire one political assistant and they can choose which one” Birgisdóttir adds. “I will cease working for Lindarskóli elementary school this week, as my new job demands that I am always available for the Minister.”

Birgisdóttir belongs to a group of young women who run a political website called www.tikin.is. The website features opinion pieces on equality issues and freedom from the point of view of young women.

“It was an immensely important step when the website was founded, as it is the only political website where women in Iceland can get their voices heard,” Birgisdóttir says.

Birgisdóttir adds: “All young women who are interested can send articles to [email protected]; the only condition is that the writers support individual freedom and equality. The site is very popular and many bitches* have taken their first steps in politics by posting their articles on tikin.is.”

* “Tíkin” is a play on words. “Tík” literally means bitch in Icelandic, but is also the ending of the word “pólitík” = politics.

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