In the unprecedented year of 2020, after years of advocating for digital rights and equality online, I founded the Nordic Digital Rights and Equality foundation, along with five other experts in the field. Our goal is to work towards equality and democracy in the Nordic region by developing and sharing knowledge about digital rights and responsibilities, while protecting people's right to safely partake in discussions and other activities online. For more, please visit nordref.org.
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND EXPERT WORKSHOPS
As a public speaker with nearly two decades experience, I've given keynotes, workshops and speeches in three languages across the world on topics such as online safety, hate speech, gender equality and violence against women, particularly with regard to new technology. In May 2019, I was commissioned by the Slovenian authorities to educate the country's policy makers and media professionals about violence against women and girls on the internet. I was also the keynote speaker on two of Europe's largest conferences about online safety 2019, the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels (click here to watch my speech) and the Click Off Cyber Violence conference in Ljubljana.
My 2015 lecture tour Permanently Naked: What you need to know about image-based sexual abuse attracted over 17,000 guests in three countries. My TED talk, based on the story that South of Forgiveness entails, garnered over a million views in 3 days (currently at 6 million views).
SOUTH OF FORGIVENESS & THE PLAIN TRUTH
My book 'South of Forgiveness' is a non-fiction narrative that tells the story of how I was sexually assaulted at the age of 16 by my first boyfriend, Tom Stranger, whom I confronted about it almost a decade later. He confessed to his deed and we corresponded for eight years about the violence and how it had shaped our lives – before deciding to meet up half way across the world, in South Africa, to face our past once and for all. South of Forgiveness has been published in multiple countries across four continents (click the flags on the front page for more).
In 2009, I wrote 'The Plain Truth' (Á mannamáli), which is a seminal work of literary journalism, delving into sexual violence and its status within in the criminal justice system, the public discourse and the political landscape in Iceland. 'The Plain Truth' was one of the most awarded books of the year and was nominated to the Icelandic Literature Prize.
SHORT FILMS GET CONSENT (2013), STAND BY YOURSELF (2014) AND TAKE MY PICTURE (2018)
I was commissioned by the Icelandic government to help reshape the approach to violence prevention and sex education in elementary schools, resulting in the short-films 'Get Consent' and 'Stand Up For Yourself', both of which aired on national television and are being used in schools across Iceland with unprecedented results. 'Get Consent' (intended for 13-15 year olds) has won local and international awards (see Awards page) and was warmly received in screenings at the UN and the European Commission. 'Stand Up For Yourself' (intended for 10-12 year olds) was nominated to the EDDA Film and Television Awards, as Best Children's Material 2014. In 2018, the short film Take My Picture was released online, telling the story of four teenagers whose lives are impacted when a nude photo is shared without consent. Take My Picture (intended for 15 year olds and up) was the recipient of the highest grant from the Icelandic Equality Fund in 2016.
POLICY MAKING AND EXPERTISE
As a specialist on violence against women and girls, I've partaken in shaping national policy on gender-based violence, serving on the government committee that crafted Iceland's latest action plan. I also contributed to the making of procedure policy regarding violence against children in Reykjavík municipality. In terms of other government advisory work, in 2019 I wrote sets of recommendations for the Slovenian government in terms of policy making regarding online safety and gender equality. Click here to watch my expert panel on gender-based hate speech and online harassment in the UN headquarters in March 2016, or watch my closing statement about ways to further gender equality.
PLAYS AND THEATRE WORK
As a playwright, I've authored nine plays that have been professionally produced. I was nominated Playwright of the Year in 2006 for my play 'Hunger', and my 2005 play 'Broken' had me elected one of the world's 50 best young playwrights. 'Forgiveness Inc' (Fyrirgefðu ehf, 2014), was a critical success, dubbed a "must-see". I wrote, produced and directed the play, that resulted in a publicity campaign which included the mayor of Reykjavik, MPs, pop stars, writers and other celebrities.
Before becoming a playwright, I earned a degree as an actress from the University of Georgia. I've acted in plays, musicals, radio plays, films and television series, including the Emmy award-winning series Örnen.