Women of Multicultural Ethnicity in Iceland (W.O.M.E.N.) received the 2018 City of Reykjavík Human Rights Award yesterday. The award was granted to the organization for raising awareness of the issues women of foreign origin face in Iceland. Kjarninn reported first. This is the 10th year the prize has been awarded. It includes a cash prize of ISK 600,000 ($5,700/€4,900).
W.O.M.E.N. was founded in 2003 with the goal of promoting equality of foreign women in all areas of society. The organization runs various projects such as peer counselling, social events, and activism in order to empower foreign women in Iceland.
Foreign women were one of many groups that spoke out against gender-based violence and discrimination under the banner of the #metoo movement earlier this year.
Nichole Leigh Mosty, one of the group’s spokeswomen, says W.O.M.E.N. is thankful for the award. “I think this is a confirmation that we as a society haven’t adequately supported this group,” she stated, adding that much work lies ahead for Icelandic society when it comes to improving the standing of foreign women.