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About Thorhildur Thorleifsdottir

Thorhildur Thorleifsdóttir is an Icelandic stage director. She has directed around 80 productions, including drama, opera, musicals, radio plays, films and television for The National Theater, The Icelandic Opera, the City Theater of Reykjavík and many other theaters. 

She founded the Women's Party and was a member of Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament, from 1986 to 1991. She is now the Chairman of the Gender Equality council in Iceland. She was one of 25 candidates to be elected to the Constitutional Council and ran for the election as a feminist, the only person of 523 candidates to do so. Thorhildur is a frequent guest in the media as a commentator on political and cultural affairs.

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From the people to the people, a new constitution

What the future holds in store and what will be the fate of the bill for a new constitution is hard to say at this point in time. But what is evident is that the battle of “who owns Iceland” is being fought and is at its high water mark. There is much at stake.

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