Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr, who yesterday received one of the five Lennon-Ono Grants For Peace, has announced he will donate the award money to an Icelandic women’s shelter, Vísir reports.
“We are in seventh heaven with this boy,” said Sigþrúður Guðmundsdóttir, director of Kvennaathvarfið (“Women’s Shelter”). “We haven’t had much time to digest the news but we are incredibly happy and so grateful.”
Gnarr announced the donation when he was awarded the grant. In all the Women’s Shelter will recieve six million ISK (50.000 USD).
“This money means we will be able to get tucked into projects that we have long dreamed of achieving but have not had the money to see through,” said Sigþrúður, referring specifically to prevention and educational programmes. “That’s something that really matters to us and receiving this money is a real responsibility. But we will shoulder that responsibility gladly and believe we can use the money to promote peace in Icelandic homes.”
Kvennaathvarfið offers support, shelter and counselling for women and children who need a place to stay due to physical or psychological abuse at the hands of their spouse or family members.
Additionally the shelter offers counselling for rape survivors.