No Woman Alone – Online Panel
RVK Feminist Film Festival presents ‘No Woman Alone’
FREE event – Held in ENGLISH
16th of January 2021
13:00 – 14:30
Hosted at the Nordic House, streaming ONLINE – available on RVK FFF Vlog following the event
Hosting an online festival has enabled RVK FFF 2021 to create a space for all to partake in. Discussing intimate partner violence and abuse against women from a feminist, political and informative standpoint, all who have access to an online service are invited to stream live, or view on the RVK FFF Vlog the panel discussion No Woman Alone. With a guest list of prominent people who continue to make waves towards creating a safer space for those who are most vulnerable, this space will not be one to miss.
In partnership with the Cypriot Embassy, RVK FFF will connect with women’s rights concerning domestic abuse screening Pause, directed by Tonia Mishiali https://rvkfemfilmfest.is/pause/ . The film brings viewers into the reality of a woman who’s stuck in an oppressive marriage blurring her fantasy with what is real.
Randi W. Stebbins
Randi is the director of the University of Iceland Center for Writing. As a foreign woman who has spoken out for women’s rights, Randi brings a great depth to this panel. Before moving to Iceland, she worked as an attorney in the Bay Area assisting immigrant victims of violent crime. She uses that experience in her research on violence against immigrant women in Iceland and as a peer counsellor for W.O.M.E.N. Randi is also a founding member of the writing collective and small publishing nonprofit, Ós Pressan, which focusses on bringing marginalized authors into the Icelandic literary landscape.
Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir
Sigrun is an impressive attorney who graduated from Harvard Law School, LL.M, in 2016. She is one of the partners at the internationally recognized human rights law firm Réttur – Aðalsteinsson & Partners. In recent times she has headed a number of cases which have been filed against Iceland to the ECtHR on the grounds of Discrimination and Violence against women.
Guðrún recently retired as the spokeswoman for Stígamót. As a known advocate for women’s rights, before retiring, she with Stígamót and the team at Réttur – Aðalsteinsson & Partners (headed by the keynote speaker Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir)took a series of cases to the ECtHR. This action was bold and showed how the system has been failing survivors of abuse and violence in ways which goes beyond the infraction of abuse from the perpetrator themselves, instead, unveiling the injustice within the Icelandic system.
Nichole Leigh Mosty
Nichole has been a prominent figure in addressing women’s rights issues related especially to women of foreign origin, having lead the MeToo movement for women of foreign origin living in Iceland. Nichole was the first women of foreign origin to be elected to hold a seat in parliament here in Iceland. She is currently employed as a Project Manager at the City of Reykjavik, working with community development and sits as a Chairwoman of the non-profit organization W.O.M.E.N Iceland and will be published in the upcoming MeToo book.
Grant is an academic at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, and a columnist for the Asia-Pacific affairs publication The Diplomat. His background is in political science and international relations, so is not from fields that engage directly with domestic violence. However, he has come to understand domestic violence as the world’s primary security concern, and therefore an issue that these fields need to start taking seriously. He has a forthcoming journal article on the ideological conversion of family courts throughout the West, to be published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly. Grant will be discussing why the state tolerates male violence.
Drífa Jónasdóttir – speaking on behalf of the Women’s shelter
Drifa has worked extensively on researching subjects that concern intimate partner violence. Addressing language used in IPV and the types of injuries which women who visit ER experience. Her work has given a voice to the many women who have experienced abuse and or frequented the Women’s Shelter. Drifa’s insight has enabled a deeper understanding of the experiences which often happen behind closed doors.
Katrín is in her 3rd-year as a PhD student. Her focus is on violence
with emphasis on gender-based violence, specifically IPV and sexual
violence. She will be addressing this from a critical feminist point of view with special focus on the myth of „the monster“ – harmful for both survivors (not recognising their experiences as violence) and men who are violent (not recognising their own acts as violence).