Maru E. Alemán
Maru Aleman, who is originally from Panama, has lived in Iceland for 15 years.
Currently she works at a chain of hotels as the head of Revenue management. She is an active member of the Icelandic society and thrives on helping others. At the moment she is a part of Garðabær municipality in the pre-school committee and VP of the Swiss alumni association in Iceland among other things.
Her passion is to be able to better the lives of her fellow immigrants in Iceland and women in society overall. She runs her own consulting for women entrepreneurs when time allows and has extreme interest in helping other women in Iceland on different levels. She wants to develop more structure and communication tools in order to give more opportunities to foreign women as well as access to information and documentation. Maru wants to give foreign women voices and a path for personal and professional growth.
I am a physiotherapist and have lived in Iceland since 2001.
I have for the last ten years worked with many immigrant organisations, especially Andrými and the IWW. Working for these organisations I have done peer support, especially concerning questions about rights for immigrant workers. I also have a lot of experiences with the administrative side of running NGOs. I have been the treasurer of the IWW; have organised workshops on registering as an NGO in Iceland, have managed and given workshops on grants in Iceland and much more. I would like to bring my expertise in peer consulting and administration of NGOs to WOMEN.
As a physiotherapist I have seen how foreign women are often at a disadvantage in the health care system and I would like to start a working group on this issue in WOMEN.
Marion works as a hotel receptionist and is a PhD student at the University of Iceland.
She is also on the board of IWW Ísland supporting and informing workers of foreign origin about their rights on the labor market and how to deal with issues in the workplace.
She is passionate about education and learning, and created Kvennaborðið in 2022, a safe space where women of foreign origin can give their opinion on current issues and gain confidence in speaking Icelandic.