From Iceland — Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised

Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised

Published July 9, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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A policewoman is criticising gender inequality within Iceland’s Police Force after three men were appointed to senior positions despite applications from several qualified women, reports RÚV.

Police Commissioner Stefán Eiríksson said that it was true that several qualified women applied for the positions but that the police force had to give the jobs to the most qualified people, which all just happened to be men in this case.

Gender balance is almost nonexistent within high ranking positions in the police force. All 23 Chief Superintendents are men and out of 23 Superintendents only 2 are women. 

Police spokesperson, Eyrún Eyþórsdóttir, said that the new appointments were not in the spirit of the discussions held last summer which addressed the status of women in the Icelandic police force.

Pictured above are the three newly appointed male superintendents accompanied by other superintendents, the police commissioner, deputy police commissioners, and a chief superintendent.

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