Thordis Elva

Award-winning writer, journalist and public speaker campaigning for gender equality

Thordis Elva Biography

As a result of never fully knowing what she wanted to become when she grow up, Thordis tried her hand at writing, news reporting, public speaking and equal rights activism that earned her the title Woman of the Year 2015 in her native Iceland. After years of public speaking, Thordis specialized in subjects such as equality, sexual violence, digital human rights and non-consensual pornography. Thordis currently lives in Sweden's capital Stockholm and is preparing for the release of her upcoming book South of Forgiveness (2017). Thordis is currently a columnist at Stundin, a web-based news outlet that releases a printed edition to subscribers monthly.

A total of 17,000 people in four countries attended Elva's lecture tour about non-consensual pornography in 2015 alone. In 2010-2013, she undertook three nationwide lecture tours where she visited hundreds of schools, workplaces and organizations, speaking about issues such as gender equality, women’s rights, violence prevention, sex education, etc. Thordis gives seminars, workshops and speeches to large and small audiences in Icelandic, Swedish and English. She has spoken at various international conventions, such as Nordic Forum (June 2014), the NKMV conference (September 2015) and at the United Nation's CSW60 (March 2016).

Her book 'The Plain Truth' (Á mannamáli), written in the style of literary journalism about gender-based violence in Iceland, was one of the most critically acclaimed books published in Iceland 2009, receiving a nomination to the Icelandic Literature Prize, amongst other awards.

Nine of Thordis's plays have been professionally staged in Iceland's most prominent theatres. She was nominated to the Icelandic Theatre Prize as Playwright of the Year 2006 and also represented Iceland in conferences for the world’s best young playwrights (World Interplay, 2005 and Interplay Europe 2008).

Thordis was commissioned by the Icelandic government to reinvent the approach to violence prevention and sex education for children and teenagers. It resulted in the award-winning short-films 'Get Consent' and 'Stand By Yourself', both of which aired on RÚV television station (the NBS of Iceland) and are being used in schools across Iceland with unprecedented results.

In 2011, she founded an equality campaign (called Öðlingurinn) instigating a collaboration with the largest media company in Iceland, (365 media) to publish over thirty articles – one per day in the country’s most widely distributed newspaper and news site – about gender equality by an equal number of different authors, including some of Iceland’s most respected writers. Thordis managed and edited the campaign, which was a critical success and sparked a national debate about gender equality. The articles were read over two hundred thousand times online and were consequently published in a book under her supervision.

Having run her own production company for a few years, Thordis has diverse experience with project management such as staging plays, running an independent theatre group, publishing books and marketing miscellaneous artistic events and products.

Thordis is fluent in English, Swedish and Icelandic; she also understands Danish and Norwegian. She has worked independently as a translator, translating from Swedish to Icelandic, from English to Icelandic and vice versa.

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