W.O.M.E.N in Iceland conducted their Annual General Meeting this Tuesday the 24th of November. Elections were held for two available seats on the board. Nichole Leigh Mosty, current Chairwoman was re-elected to hold her seat and Andie Sophia Fontaine was also elected. Shantaye Brown was invited to take a seat as an observer to the board.
Andie Sophia Fontaine is the News Director at Reaykjavík Grapevine, She has worked as a journalist for near 20 years and is the only openly trans journalist in Iceland. Andie was the first foreign national to take a seat in parliament, as a deputy MP in 2007. In her work, she has always placed emphasis on human rights, gender equality, and immigrant rights.
Shantaye Brown moved to Iceland a year ago from Jamaica. Shantaye works as a journalist here in Iceland and has published a few articles about lifestyle. She published a book while living in Jamaica and is currently working on another she hopes to publish in Iceland. Shantaye is currently enrolled in Icelandic classes 2nd stage and she is hoping to enroll in courses to become a Registered Nurse.
W.O.M.E.N in Iceland is very appreciative to receive Andie Sophia on our board and Shantaye as an observer to the board as we know they will be active participants in increasing awareness regarding equality for all women including cis and trans women. W.O.M.E.N in Iceland especially celebrates the opportunity to have Andie Sophia with us to help guarantee that trans women are respected as the women they truly are in all aspects of society.
” Here at W.O.M.E.N in Iceland, we are humbled to announce that Andie Sophia is the first trans woman to take a seat on our board and we believe this to be a milestone in our struggle for genuine equality. We are very proud and excited to welcome more women of foreign origin from the LGBTQ community to partake in activities and events here with us. ” Nichole Leigh Mosty, Chairwoman