In Iceland a ban on unequal pay for men and women

In Iceland a ban on unequal pay for men and women

The problem of gender inequality is concerned about the population of many countries of the world. Among the most vocal supporters of the struggle for women’s rights — leading Nations of the world, including USA, UK, Germany, Iceland and others.

In addition, recently there has been a tendency towards weakening of Patriarchal control, even in conservative Islamic countries: for example, in Saudi Arabia women in recent years received the right to vote and to run and to drive. But this progress seems quite insignificant compared to the rights that women received the European island country.

In Iceland a ban on unequal pay for men and women

Iceland is a state where women have achieved much in the fight for equality. in 2016, she won first place in the ranking of Global Gender Gap. When assessing the difference in salaries of men and women to 14% in 2016 (for comparison, in Britain the figure was equal to 24%, and in Russia – 30%), Icelandic citizens came to the rally against unequal income.

Government heard their citizens, and on March 8 announced the bill, the law prohibits paying women less than men.

This is not the first such meeting in Iceland:

In 1975, 90% of Iceland’s women went on strike for equal rights. The incredible story of the Women’s Day Off: #IWD

— amightygirl (@amightygirl) March 8, 2017

«In 1975, 90% of women of Iceland went on strike for equal rights. Incredible story of Women’s Day.»

The bill was supported by both the center-right ruling coalition and the opposition in the Althing, Iceland’s Parliament, which almost 50 percent are women. The law entered into force on 1 January 2018, this Monday, thus making Iceland the first state to legislatively regulate the issue of inequality of wages in relation to gender.

«I think now people are beginning to realize that this is a systematic problem that we should solve new methods», — said the source of the Board member of the Association for women’s rights Iceland Dagny OSK Arnadottir pind.

She added: «Women have talked about this for decades, and I really feel that we were able to raise awareness, and to convey that people know the legislation that we have does not work. We need to do something else.»