Thordis Elva has held various different job titles throughout her career, such as news reporter, writer and public speaker, but at the core of them all is social change. After years of advocating for gender equality, she realised how new technology is being utilised to abuse women and girls not only offline, but online too. She organised an awareness-raising campaign about image-based sexual abuse (where intimate photos are shared without the photographed individual's consent) and educated 18,000 people in a series of workshops across three countries in 2015 alone. She has spoken about the role of digital media in furthering gender equality at the UN and the Nordic Council of ministers, to name a few.
In 2019, she was commissioned by Slovenian authorities to educate the country's policy makers and media professionals on the disproportionate risks that women and girls face online and how the internet can be made safer, in order to foster democratic debate. She was the keynote speaker at two of Europe's largest conferences on internet safety in 2019, the Safer Internet Forum and the Click Off Cyber Violence conference.
The books, articles, films and plays by Thordis Elva have won various awards and honours. That, combined with her public speaking and equal rights activism, earned her the title Woman of the Year 2015 in her native Iceland. Two years later, Thordis was instrumental in leading the #metoo revolution and accepted the Person of the Year award on behalf of the movement.
Thordis Elva has also built on her personal experience in her work, sharing her own story of abuse in a TED talk that has been viewed 5,5 million times. She is the first survivor of assault to publicly collaborate with her perpetrator with the hope that sharing their story will help prevent abuse in other relationships. Their book, South of Forgiveness, has been published across four continents. Critics have said:
Hats off to Elva and Stranger for a brave journey that might well change lives.
...a book you'll find yourself endlessly discussing with very many people.
...a book written with great empathy and the authors' courage is remarkable.
The Good Men Project:
Remarkable.... can empower even the most vulnerable, near and far.
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