Women and men in positions of influence 2008

  • Statistical Series
  • 23. January 2009
  • Vol 94, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 1670-4681

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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 (33–37%) 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 (24–28%) 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.

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