Updated: Fri 29.Jan 2016
Alpha Chapter – Iceland
News from Alpha Chapter
From September of 2012 to May of 2014 the Alpha Chapter has focused on the “Keys of Society”. We then decided to narrow our focus further on education, communications, the arts and
literature. We have had very interesting guest speakers and visited a school regarding the subjects mentioned above. We were pleased to have the newly elected bishop, Mrs.
Sigurðardóttir, be one of our many honorable guest speakers.
One of the subjects discussed during this period of time was the possibilities for young male prisoners to obtain an education.
We held one meeting regarding the subject where the Director-General of Prison and Probation Administration (Mrs. Frímannsdóttir) and a student counselor (Mrs. Bjarnadóttir) informed us about the current state of affairs and education options available to male prisoners.
Needless to say an education is crucial for these young men and a lot of great things are already being done in the Icelandic prison system when it comes to education, like with most things there is always room for betterment. With the very ambitious people working with in the prisons system I am sure that improvement will continue.
We were also informed about the situation regarding young female prisoners, regrettably the situation for these women, when it comes to obtaining an education in prison, is not as good. This may in part be due to the number of female prisoners which is very low (5-10). This would be a subject for another meeting.
To conclude, the subject of one meeting was gender and how it influences opportunities, expectations and participation in society. Gender equality has for a long time been an important subject in the Icelandic community. Even though we have achieved great success in getting closer to equality for both genders the subject is relevant as ever and important to stay focused so further steps towards gender quality continue to be taken.
The boards goal was that each meeting would be memorable, educational, be characterized by good communications and friendship. It was also important to us that the meetings would leave members with something to think about. All of this with keeping the values of Delta Kappa Gamma in mind.
María Solveig Héðinsdóttir
President of Alpha Chapter
Updated: Sun 9.Mar 2014