I have worked a lot with children and teenagers over the years regarding strengthening their self-esteem and self-confidence, and it is so have important to have good friends and treat others well," says Anna Steinsen, who aimed to empower young girls and children in writing the book.
The book is about empathy, friendship and joy and tells the story of the refugee girl Kaju who arrives in Iceland and makes a friend there. They play together and are superheroes for a day.
"Teaching children through books and reading is a wonderful way for them to learn. It requires parents to talk to their children about all kinds of important issues. We have never received so many refugees as now and they are mainly women and children. To be a refugee is very hard for everyone, but especially children. This is why it is so important to make them feel welcomed and take good care of them," says Anna.
The book is published in support of UN Women. Research shows that when women are educated and empowered, this benefits their whole family. Thus, mothers are the best example and support for their children's education.
Anna hopes that children around the world will have an opportunity to read the book. "I wish that one day, a girl in some far corner of the world will read this book and that it will have a positive effect on her. That it will empower her."
Origo has supported the project and gave a copy of the book to its employees as well as donating a copy to all primary schools libraries in Reykjavik. Anna says that Origo's support is important and she encourages Icelandic companies to make a difference for the benefit of refugees and support more projects of this kind.