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Would you like to Run for a Seat on the Board at W.O.M.E.N in Iceland?

Applications accepted until November 17th

W.O.M.E.N in Iceland is now accepting applications for members to run for the vacant seats on our board. Elections take place at the upcoming elections on November 23rd, 2022 at our Annual General Meeting. We encourage women of foreign origin who are willing and able to invest their time and energy volunteering for the benefit of other women of foreign origin living in Iceland to apply for a seat on our board!

The Board will be elected at the Annual General Meeting being held on the 23rd of November.

All registered members have the right to attend the annual general meeting, enjoy the freedom of speech, and the right to make proposals. Members who have paid their annual membership dues before the annual general meeting are eligible to run for a board position and have the right to vote. (Read more about membership here )

If you are not yet a paid member… there is still time to register!

Board members at W.O.M.E.N in Iceland put into action empowerment projects and take an active role in activism through public discourse about issues like integration, equality, rights and responsibilities, and community development. We have worked with issues ranging from language bias, equality and equal rights, gender-based violence, and connectedness for immigrant women. Through your volunteer work on our board, you will make important connections to work and network with people of Icelandic and foreign origin, with agencies/institutions, and organizations who share our common values. You can be an agent of change when you take an active role in enriching diversity here in Iceland.

The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting and consists of 7 Board members elected for a term of two years, and up to three alternate members elected for one year at a time.

The board divides its responsibilities at the first board meeting following the election. All board members have freedom of speech, the right to make proposals, and the right to vote. Alternates have the right to speak and make proposals and to attend all board meetings of the association.

If a board member resigns, an alternate takes a seat on the board and therewith completes the term of office of the outgoing board member.

The Board sets the organization’s policy outside of Annual General Meetings, supervises its finances and operations, and appoints representatives to committees and strategic councils and groups.

What is expected of you, as a board member or alternate?

– To participate in and actively support the projects that W.O.M.E.N are currently working on by assisting fellow board members.

– Be active in creating awareness about projects, disseminating information, and promoting participation among women of foreign origin either in our projects or collaborative projects with other organizations.

– Exhibit a willingness to head up and develop projects in the future if needed.

– Be a representative of W.O.M.E.N at meetings and conferences in Iceland and if possible, abroad as well.

– Take at least one shift every 4-8 weeks at peer support on Tuesday evenings with other members.

– Attend board meetings.

– Assist with moderating social media pages regularly.

– Being an active supporter of the organization W.O.M.E.N through your actions and words.

What are the application requirements?

– Members who have paid their annual membership dues before the annual general meeting are eligible to run for a board position

– It is a good thing to be able to read, write, or speak Icelandic at a minimal level (Does not have to be perfect)

– We require that you sign a confidentiality agreement upon taking a seat on the board. Our role in supporting women in our community of women of foreign origin, and working with institutions in the public and private sectors, in addition to meetings held at national and municipality government levels is very important. Your commitment to protecting these confidences is essential and an important value at the heart of our organization.

How do I apply?

Send an email to  with the following information no later than November 17th, 2022:



 *E-mail address

 *Telephone number

 *Short summary of your experience with women’s and immigrant rights and your reasoning for running for the seat (e.g. what goals you would like to achieve as a member of the board)

Please note that this is not a paid position all board members and alternates are volunteers as we are a non-profit organization. 

For more information about our association and our work, please refer to our homepage.

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