MPs wear protest hats in parliament
Björn Leví Gunnarsson and Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir can be seen above in their ‘FO’ hats. Ofbeldi is the Icelandic word for abuse and fokk is an Icelandification of an English word. The pair silently flanked the podium while Bergþór spoke about transportation, posed briefly for the television camera, and then left without him noticing. Bergþór controversially returned to the chairmanship of Alþingi’s transportation and environment standing committee after an unpaid absence following the Klaustur scandal. He was one of the six MPs at Klaustur bar in late November who said the most on the damning secret recording.
The return of Bergþór and his Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) compatriot Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson to Alþingi caused ripples two weeks ago and those ripples were not calmed by Bergþór’s decision to take up the reins again as chair of one of Alþingi’s standing committees. MPs on the committee were split when they voted whether or not to remove him as chair.
FO hats are designed and sold for UN Women. Their website says: “By purchasing a Fokk Ofbeldi hat, you are participating in the lighting up of darkness felt by the women and girls who have had to suffer abuse, as well as literally brightening up the darkness of the short days in Iceland during February.”