IAW ning community & mentoring & gender equality at Board Meeting in Reykjavik

The Icelandic Women's Rights Association offered inspiring activities on gender equality education, network opportunities with human rights experts and excellent dinners to the 22 participants of the Board Meeting 2011 of the
International Alliance of Women. Reports for IAW Board Meeting you can find here. Main objective of international NGO IAW is equal rights means equal responsibilities; women's rights are human rights. 

Information & communication that are not shared or only with a few people are not very valuable. As an individual member of IAW I participated in the Board Meeting as an advisor about using Internet and social media. Now all participants are using internet to search information and mail to communicate. A small minority is using social networks like ning, LinkedIn or Facebook. There is a big social media gap to bridge! One of my concrete objectives was becoming a mentor of some participants - International Representatives or Commission Convenors - who want knowledge on what and how to inform and communicate at the internal iawomen.ning.com This ning community saves time and connects 'older' & 'younger' active members of IAW. Mentoring is a very interesting instrument of P2P learning by doing. A nice quote from a great and experienced Commission Convenor ''She is young, she is fifty''.

In 1908 women gained local suffrage and the right to hold office in Iceland. Now Iceland is #1 the 'best country for gender equality' according to Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum in 2010. Netherlands is at #17. In highest climber Saudi-Arabia at #129 women get the right to vote and stand for election in the local councils in 2015 

Nice or need to knows
Reports for IAW Board Meeting in Reykjavik (2011) by President, Regional Vice-Presidents and Coordinators, Commission Convenors, International Representatives, Communications and Member Organisations. 
* Very Important under general theme IAW 'women into decision-making positions': 
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW;
- Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 3 on Gender equality in decision-making; 
- Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security. 
* History and activities of Icelandic Women's Rights Association since 1907.