Guðrún Björt Yngvadóttir was elected as the new international president of the service club Lions International, RÚV reports. Gúðrun Björt is the first female president of the organization, which only began admitting women thirty years ago and whose membership is still 70% men.
According to the organization website, the Lions Club has 46,000 clubs and over 1.4 million members, making it the largest “service club organization” in the world. Lions Clubs oversee a range of local outreach and service programs, focused on a variety of topics such as youth, the environment, health, and international relations.
Guðrún Björt has been a member of the Lions Club in Iceland since 1992 and has held many offices within the organization, such as district governor council chairperson and First Vice President. She has received numerous international honors for her work with the Lions, not least the Ambassador of Good Will Award, which is the highest honor conferred by Lions Clubs International.
In her speech at the organizations 101st International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada (US) earlier this week, Guðrún Björt urged the Lions’ 740 district governors to be unafraid of taking on new projects. For her own part, Guðrún Björt is focused on issues of gender equality and helping young women to make a difference in the world.