SDG Women Heroes

Celebrating women SDG Heroes creating a balanced world for all beings.

SDG Women Heroes features highly select women in their own power, women who through courage and vulnerability are mobilizing gender equality and feminine leadership worldwide. Achieving Goal #5 - “Gender Equality”, may be the single most vital linchpin to a sustainable and re-balanced future for all.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, holding her SDG object: Icelandic "Laxdæla Saga" Book from the 1930's. SDG Goal #4: "Quality Education"

Katrín Petursdóttir, first woman President and majority owner of Lýsi,

the largest fish oil company in the world, holding her SDG objects: a dried cod head and "Fiskar í Litum" a childhood book from her father. SDG Goal #14:  "Life Below Water"

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, current Prime Minister of Iceland, and former Minister of Education, Science and Culture, holding her SDG object, a childhood letter board. SDG Goal #4: "Quality Education"

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, currently Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. She was one of the founders of the Icelandic Women’s Party, the first woman Mayor of the City of Reykjavík, and 

served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland. 

Her SDG object is a book with courageous and vulnerable personal stories from those she represented in Afghanistan while serving as Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at UN Women.  SDG #16: "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions." 

SDG Women Heroes is inaugurated by VigdÍs Finnbogadóttir, cherished as the Mother of Iceland, and honored as the first democratically elected woman President in the world. SDG Women Heroes celebrates Vigdís’ lifelong courage and service to gender equality, education and the nuturing of Iceland’s people, country and language, which she has seen as one interwoven whole.


As the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages, Vigdís is a passionate advocate for education and the vital importance of languages. We dedicate the launch of SDG Women Heroes to the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding. Newly launched this year, this beautiful Centre is known affectionately as the "House of Vigdís" in Iceland. The aim for the House of Vigdís is to become an international beacon and home for the celebration, nourishing and elevation of old and new languages as the holders of wisdom essential to achieving a vibrant future for all.