Friday - 23 January 2009
Women and men in positions of influence 2008
Statistics Iceland has released a new issue of Statistical Series, Women and men in positions of influence 2008, within the category Health, social affairs and justice. In general, women are a minority when it comes to positions of influence. The share of women has increased in many areas of decision making in recent years but there is also a sign of standstill or decrease. Women are now a third (32-37%) of elected members to the Althingi, of the government ministers, the elected representatives of the local government councils, highest ministerial offices, district judges and members of public committees. Women are a quarter (24-29%) of managers of state institutions, municipal managers and boards of the biggest pension funds. The majority of school administrators in pre-primary and compulsory schools are women whereas men are a majority in schools at higher education level. The sex distribution of boards and chairpersons of enterprises was unchanged through the years 1999-2007 with women's share at 22%. At the same time the share of women managing directors in enterprises increased from 15% to 19%. Men have been and still are the chief editors of daily newspapers but in recent years women have become a part of the editorial team.
Women and men in positions of influence - publication