Equality affairs

The recurring theme of Röskva’s operations is the vision of educational equality for everyone, regardless of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial situation, religion, ethnicity, residency, disability, illness, social standing or other situations. Discrimination based on any of these factors persist and many hindrances are in the way of equal opportunity. Röskva wants to ensure that the rights of students at the University of Iceland are not infringed upon in any way.

- Gender equality -

Röskva calls on gender equality
The gender inequality persists and are there many hindrances on the road to equal opportunities for people, based on their gender in many stages. Röskva wants to promote equality awareness within the University community as well as that of the entire community. Also, gender stereotypes and systematic discrimination must be eliminated.

RÖSKVA WANTS THE EQUALITY PROTOCOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND TO BE RESPECTED.
The equality protocol of the University of Iceland should, without exception, ensure equality within the school.

Röskva demands equality education at the University level
Gender-based harassment and violence shall not be tolerated within the University, as well as in the entire community. The #metoo revolution has brought much attention, as eliminating this cancer to society is long overdue. While equality education is obligatory in primary- and secondary schools, it is not obligatory at the University and Röskva makes the demand that equality education should be made obligatory within the University community. It is also the role of the student’s council and department committee to draw attention to the University of Iceland committee on reacting to gender-based and sexual harassment and other sexual abuse. The committee services all students at the University of Iceland.

Röskva wants no committee to be single-gendered and for them to reflect the variety which may be found in the school
Röskva wants SHÍ’s committees to reflect the variety which may be found within the school. Röskva believes it to be important for the different voices of the genders get to be heard in all operations of the Student Council and divisions should promote that aim when appointing a committee. Non-binary individuals should not be discriminated based on the gender which they were assigned at birth.

Röskva would like to see the promotion of equal gender ratios in the student groups of all faculties of the University
There is a substantial gender deficit within a few departments of the University of Iceland. Röskva wants the University to promote those faculties in all secondary schools in Iceland to correct this deficit. All promotional- and educational materials would then be put together to depict the genders equally at work.

Röskva wants a more equal gender distribution of teachers within the faculties of the University of Iceland
The higher the level of prestige within the University's faculties, the greater the gender gap in favor of men. Röskva wants to draw attention to this and for the university to make an effort to counteract such a deficit with the aim of ensuring equal gender ratios and increasing diversity among staff and within the university's faculties.

Röskva works on issues related to LGBTQIA+ people
Röskva believes that the misunderstanding which relates to a dual gendered and heterosexual hegemony must be annihilated. The cooperation between the University of Iceland and the LGBTIA+ campaigning groups must be increased with the purpose of promoting discussion on their issues. 

Röskva wants menstrual products in all bathrooms
Menstural products should be as easily accessible as other hygiene products. We shouldn’t assume that people are always prepared when nature calls, which is why Röskva believes the first step toward securing access to period products on campus is for Háma to sell them.

- Mental health affairs -

MORE PSYCHOLOGISTS AND IMPROVED SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Mental health services for University of Iceland students must be dramatically improved. Clinical psychology students provide excellent services, but these students should not have to bear the brunt of the current staff shortage. Röskva demands that the number of full-time equivalent psychologist positions be increased.

MORE TREATMENT OPTIONS
Röskva also demands that more treatment options be made available to students. No single method is suitable for everyone.

ON-CAMPUS NURSE
Röskva wants the school to have an on-campus nurse who could, among other things, provide preventative care and early intervention for both physical and mental health challenges.

PUSHING FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE FOR STUDENTS
Röskva recommends that university officials explore the possibility of opening a health clinic on campus to provide students with holistic health care. Mental health services have already been significantly improved, and Röskva wants to push for continued progress in this area.

INCREASED FLEXIBILITY IN COURSE ASSESSMENT
Students are as diverse as they are many. Röskva wants the different circumstances of students with greater flexibility in the assessment system to be taken into account, as an example it is not suitable for everyone to have attendance assessed for a grade.

- LGBTQIA+ Affairs -

RÖSKVA WORKS ON LGBTQIA+ AFFAIRS
Röskva believes that the misunderstanding which relates to a dual gendered and heterosexual hegemony must be annihilated. It is important to increase the University of Iceland's co-operation with the interests organizations of LGBTQIA+ people, especially the Q-association of queer students. This work is extremely important as education based on a dual gender system perpetuates stereotypes, discrimination, stigma and prejudice.

Röskva wants gender neutral bathrooms
The for gender neutral bathrooms must continue. Everyone should feel safe at the university. Being able to go to the bathroom at school is an important part of that.

MORE VARIED GENERATION REGISTRATION
Gender neutral registration has now finally been written in law and therefore the University of Iceland must allow gender neutral registration.

GENDER NEUTRAL SPEECH AND IMPROVED QUEER DISCUSSION
The University, its staff and students must respect the personal pronouns of individuals. Use of personal pronouns that do not fit into the gender binary, e.g. they/them, need to get into daily use and everything that the university emits should allow for a gender neutral language. There is also a need to establish the tradition of addressing groups in a non-gendered way, rather than in the grammatical masculine gender, for example: "öll eru velkomin" instead of "allir eru velkomnir".

EMPOWERMENT OF LGBTQIA+ INTEREST ASSOCIATIONS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
Röskva wants the university community to seek advice from LGBTQIA+ associations with LGBTQIA+ affairs, e.g. The Q-association. Röskva wants to encourage that the education that the Q-association gives is paid for by those who order it. Röskva therefore also wants to encourage the University of Iceland to establish an educational fund that will be paid for each educational project.

RÖSKVA WANTS THE SHÍ STUDENT INTERESTS REPRESENTATIVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ON MATTERS REGARDING LGBTQIA+ STUDENTS
Röskva wants to ensure that in the event of problems concerning queer students, SHÍ's student interest representative has the necessary knowledge of the issues of queer people that they are in a position to handle matters correctly and well.

VISIBILITY OF LGBTQIA+ PEOPLE
Röskva wants to increase the visibility of queer students by including them among the staff, in study materials, projects and advertisements for the university. In addition, Röskva wants to make sure that gay people are visible in the work of the Student Council and Röskva.

LGBTQIA+ EDUCATION
Röskva wants all staff and students of the University of Iceland to receive good information about the LGBTQIA+ community, and such education should be part of the retraining of the university's teachers and should be compulsory. Education on LGBTQIA+ affairs is easily accessible as both the Q-association of queer students and the Samtökin ‘78 – the National Queer Association of Iceland who have done such work, moreover, it is possible to look for staff who have knowledge of LGBTQIA+ issues.

UPDATED TEACHING MATERIAL
Röskva wants teaching materials that provide for outdated stereotypes, discourse and information about LGBTQIA+ people to disappear from teaching. Study material must be examined carefully and care must be taken to ensure that issues related to LGBTQIA+ people in the teaching material are presented in a proper and a professional manner.

RESEARCH ON LGBTQIA+ AFFAIRS
Röskva wants to encourage further research on queer individuals and their experiences, in consultation with the queer community in Iceland. Röskva also wants to see more courses that deal specifically with queer issues where care is taken to combine different variables.

GENDER NEUTRAL CHANGING ROOMS
It is important that the campus facilities are accessible to all, regardless of gender identity, so that in addition to gender neutral bathrooms, there should be available gender neutral changing rooms in the university gym as well as in the new gym.

- Equality for people of foreign origin -

EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION REGARDLESS OF ORIGIN
Röskva demands that assignments and exams in English be available to students if they so wish. Furthermore, students shall have the opportunity to attend courses in Icelandic, regardless of what studies they are pursuing or at what level of their language skills.

MEASURES TO INCREASE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION OF PEOPLE OF FOREIGN ORIGIN
Röskva wants the University of Iceland to show social responsibility and make it easier for people of foreign origin to access the university community. Projects such as Sprettur shall be a priority at the University of Iceland and Röskva will contribute to this. This could be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture by e.g. work on the preparation and presentation of university studies with regard to their position in the education system in Iceland.

STOPPING OF DENTAL DETERMINATION WITHIN THE WALLS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND
Following Röskva's fight, the University of Iceland's service agreement with the Directorate of Immigration on age diagnoses of unaccompanied young individuals and children was revoked. This is research condemned by international organizations around the world, such as UNICEF and the Icelandic Red Cross, as well as by international organizations of scientists, doctors and paediatricians. Röskva also believes that the research violates the university's scientific ethics. The University of Iceland is an independent institution and is therefore not obliged to carry out the aforementioned research. Instead, the University of Iceland should be a place where everyone feels welcome and protects human rights and humanity.

- Matters of Disabled People -

ACCESS FOR EVERYONE: BUILDINGS
Röskva wants all buildings, rooms, offices and other spaces on behalf of the University to be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities and chronically ill people. Röskva demands that accessibility issues at the University be a priority for the University's councilors. It is worth noting that not all spaces meet the conditions that affect everyone's access, such as Háskólatorg, Háskólaræktin, Eirberg, Læknagarður and the elevator in Árnagarður.

ACCESS FOR EVERYONE: EDUCATION
Röskva demands that no one be forced or feel pressured to drop out of the education they want to pursue due to disability or illness. Study material must be in the form that best suits the student and it must be available from the beginning of the teaching in order to prevent people from dropping out of school due to poor accessibility. Examples include audio books, Braille books, and easy-to-read text. There should also be room for assistants and interpreters in teaching.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND SHOULD HAVE A SIMPLE AND ACCESSIBLE FEEDBACK SYSTEM
Access to information on access to buildings is unacceptable and Röskva wants it to be changed immediately. It would be possible to make suggestions about the lack of access to UI housing, violations of students' interests and the like with an effective feedback system.

RÖSKVA WANTS BRAILLE MARKINGS AND GUIDELINES IN ALL BUILDINGS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND
The university authorities have promised to mark the university's rooms and offices with Braille and guidelines on the floor. It is especially important to repair the guideline at Háskólatorg and add more guidelines to all the university's buildings.

IMPROVED STUDY RESOURCES AND TEACHING SPACES
Röskva wants to take into account special resources that individuals may need due to disability or learning difficulties. Röskva does not want any classrooms to have only seats with attached tables. This arrangement is not suitable for individuals who use wheelchairs or other aids, as well as other individuals due to their physique. It is intolerable that individual students cannot sit at a table during lessons.

GYM AND FITNESS MADE ACCESSIBLE
The university gym is inaccessible to students in wheelchairs and others with reduced mobility. Röskva wants the gym and fitness to be accessible to all students.

ACCESS OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY
Röskva wants all trips organized by the University, student associations, the Student Council and other associations within the university to be accessible to everyone. Teachers should ensure accessibility for all students when going on field trips.

PRODUCT ARRANGEMENT IN HÁMA
The arrangement of products in Háma should be vertical so that people of all sizes and physical abilities can access products in Háma on their own.

STUDENTS IN THE DECISION-MAKING
It is essential that students with disabilities have a seat at the table in all decision-making concerning the issues of disabled people.

P-MARKED PARKING IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA
It must be ensured that P-marked parking spaces, parking spaces for people with parking cards for people with reduced mobility, on the campus meet the requirements of building regulations and are in fact for those who need them. The number of such parking spaces on campus should also be increased beyond the minimum number according to regulations.