Iceland Is Taking On The Gender Pay Gap Like No Other Country

Iceland Makes It Illegal To Pay Men More Than Women

Iceland Makes It Illegal To Pay Men More Than Women

Despite its positive track record on gender issues, its wage gap hovers around 17%, and so they're looking to close the gap for good by passing the world's toughest law on the subject. And over the years, women there have protested a pay gap.

The United States, for its part, only has two states (Alabama and Mississippi) without any laws at all protecting pay equity-however, as the American Association of University Women reports, only 8 states have strong ones.

"It's a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally", Pind added.

Speaking at the Global Leaders" Meeting in 2015, former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said: "Men can not sit idly by when issues such as gender-based violence and the gender pay gap are being discussed.

In 2000, the island nation introduced a groundbreaking parental leave policy and it has been ranked the best country in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum for nine years running.

"We've had legislation saying pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap".

In Iceland, almost 50 percent of the parliament members are women.

Iceland already had legislation protecting women from unequal pay, however a gender pay gap still existed.

"In Iceland it is now Illegal to Pay Women less".

Since 1997, the gender pay gap in Scotland, based on full-time employees, has narrowed considerably from 18.4 per cent.

Companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees will face fines if they can't demonstrate that men and women receive the same salary for the same job.

Those equal-pay standards have been suggested to companies since 2012, but this is the first time they will be mandatory. In short, it's now illegal to pay a women less than they would a man for the same job.

"Iceland is one of several countries that have stepped up their contributions to groups that work on behalf of women's reproductive and sexual health, such as the U.N. Population Fund and She Decides".

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