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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Awarded at Women Leaders Forum

By Yelena

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Photo: Golli. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has received the 2020 POWER, TOGETHER Award for her role in making the pink ribbon the globally-recognised symbol of breast cancer. Former US Diplomat Nancy G. Brinker, a breast cancer awareness advocate, is the other recipient of the award this year. The award was (virtually) presented to Vigdís today during this month’s Reykjavík Global Forum Women Leaders conference.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Vigdís was the first woman to be democratically elected as a Head of State in the world. She served as Iceland’s President from 1980-1996. Today she remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country.

Vigdís was a single mother and ran for president not long after surviving breast cancer. During her campaign, she was asked many personal questions, for example whether having just one breast would hamper her ability to lead the country. Her powerful response was “I never planned to breastfeed the nation.”

Global Forum Champions Women Leaders

According to a press release from Women Political Leaders, the organisation behind the POWER, TOGETHER Awards, they “recognise women for their distinguished commitments to set aside differences and come together to ensure a better future, because no sustainable change can be reached in isolation.”

The Reykjavík Global Forum was launched in November 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland. This year the forum features Hillary Clinton, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and current WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The Forum is co-hosted by Women Political Leaders (WPL) and the Government and Parliament of Iceland.

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