The first day of 2018 started with a big bang when Iceland become the first country in the world to mandate equal pay as it has passed a law that makes it illegal to pay men more than women.
This law marks another victory for a woman and their rights in the history of the world.
The discrimination among gender in the workplace where a man is paid more than the woman is seen in every corner in the world. Iceland became the first nation to legalize equal pay marking a big step toward ending gender pay gap.
The law which was announced on March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day) came into effect on the first day of 2018.
Under the new rules, both government offices and private businesses employing at least 25 people must obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.
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According to Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association,
“The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organizations… evaluate every job that’s being done, and then they get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally,”
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Iceland ranked as the top country for gender equality for the last nine years based on criterion involving economics, education, health, and politics. It is followed by Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
Moreover, Icelandic women make up 48 percent of the nation’s parliament – without any reservation system. This country has a leader i.e. their new prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, a feminist who says she’s dedicated to fighting for gender equality.
This remarkable move in Iceland allows women all over the world to dream of a developed future where every men and women will be treated equally.