June 19th was Women’s Rights Day in Iceland, held to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Icelandic women receiving voting rights.
The announcement by the Icelandic government Wednesday that it plans to introduce a bill in parliament, requiring companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality, has received attention world-wide.
Iceland will become the first country in the world to require companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality.
A highly unusual situation arose yesterday at insurance company VÍS: the planned election of a new board of directors was cancelled due to Iceland’s controversial gender quota. But in this rare instance, it was because there were not enough men standing for election.
Nowhere in the world is there more gender equality than in Iceland, according to the global gender gap index, compiled by the World Economic Forum.
Only 1 percent of preschool teachers in Iceland are men. The Icelandic Teachers’ Union discussed the situation at a meeting on Friday. Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson spoke at the meeting, saying that he is willing to take part in changing the situation.
This past Saturday, Druslugangan, the 5th annual Reykjavík SlutWalk, attracted thousands of participants—by some estimates close to 30,000.
It’s debatable whether the goal of counteracting the pornification of breasts and making naked breasts less of a taboo will be achieved by women walking around topless and posting pictures of their exposed breasts on the internet, as Icelandic feminists did this week as part of the #...
A feminist wave has hit Iceland with women baring their breasts on Twitter and other social media under #freethenipple. The initiative was started by Bóel Sigríður Guðbrandsdóttir, chair of the junior college Verzlunarskóli Íslands’ Feminist Association.
The initiative One Billion Rising, organized by UN WOMEN to end violence against women, will take place across Iceland today at 12 noon with dancing in Reykjavík in the southwest, Akureyri in the northeast, Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords.
The City of Reykjavík will organize 100 smaller and larger events this year in celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland. The events will look back on the achievements of the women’s rights movement while promoting further gender equality.
Up to 400 people participated in the two-day gender equality Barbershop Conference at the United Nations in New York this week. The conference was an initiative by Iceland and Suriname which aimed to change the way men talk about gender equality and engage themselves.
The number of fathers in Iceland who take paternity leave has decreased since the banking collapse in 2008. In 2009, 90 percent of new fathers took time off work to be at home with their newborns, while in 2013, the ration was down to 77 percent.
Female salespersons at the new television station iSTV walked out when the chairman of the board, Þorsteinn Steingrímsson, asked them to wear low-cut shirts, push-up bras, mini skirts and high heels when meeting with possible advertisers.
In the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Gender Gap Report 2014, Iceland tops the ranking of the world’s nations with the smallest gender gap for the sixth year in a row. Nordic nations take up the first five seats of the index.
The men-only conference to be held at the United Nations next year to discuss gender equality and violence against women, announced by Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Monday, will also include women, it has been revealed after organizers received criticism for excluding...