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Where are the Women?

According to the chairwoman of the Center for Gender Equality Kristín Ásgeirsdóttir, they have recently received a number of complaints regarding the lack of women at RUV, The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, reporting on the South-Africa World Cup. Visir.is reports this today.

In a statement, the Center pointed out that for some reason men always play a leading role when it comes to sports commentating. “As an example, all hosts are male. In other Scandinavian countries, things are different. At the Swedish Broadcasting Service, both men and women are commentators.”

At RUV, Thorsteinn Jod and former as well as current soccer players Pétur Marteinsson, Audun Helgason and Hjörvar Haflidason host the World Cup program. At Stöd 2 Sport 2, the gender ratio is even: Logi Bergmann Eidsson and Ragna Lóa Stefánsdóttir host the show.

“At the same time as the Icelandic women’s national team is doing brilliantly, it is as if women neither understand nor have any knowledge of soccer. Where are all those women who have played the sport through the years? Don’t you think that they can get time off work just like these men?” asked Ásgeirsdóttir.

“We are not criticizing these men; they are doing a fine job. But it doesn’t even occur to the Swedes to have only a group of men sportscasting. That, to them, just isn’t considered right. But here, that is considered the norm.”

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