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Thordis Elva

Thordis Elva (b 1980) is known to Icelanders as a writer, journalist, public speaker and Woman of the Year 2015. Nine of her plays have been professionally produced. Her book about gender-based violence, Á mannamáli (The Plain Truth) was one of the most awarded Icelandic books of 2009, earning her a nomination to the Icelandic Literature Prize. In 2011, Thordis Elva founded an equality campaign that sparked a national debate, earning her a nomination to the Society Awards.

In 2012, she was commissioned to reinvent the approach to violence prevention and sex education in Icelandic schools. The resulting short films ‘Get Consent!’ (Fáðu já!) and ‘Stand Up For Yourself’ (Stattu með þér!), have won local and international awards. Thordis Elva was elected Chairman of the Board of the Icelandic Women’s Shelter 2012-2014 and has served on government committees working with the issue of violence.

She is a sought-after speaker on subjects like equality, gender issues, reproductive rights and revenge porn, the last of which is the subject of her latest lecture tour. She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden with her partner Vidir and their son.