Now, I can say that 2018 has got a good start. Taking another step toward woman empowerment, Iceland has enforced a law making it illegal to pay men more than women. With this sincere step, Iceland becomes first ever country to legalize equal pay between men and women.
Under the new rule, companies and government agencies must obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies, those to fail to adhere to pay equally will face penalty.
A board member of the Iceland Women’s Rights Association said, “The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organisations … 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,”
It’s not the first time are only time that Iceland has passed such inspiring law in the benefit of women, in fact Iceland is already a leader in gender equality. Iceland has been ranked as the top country for gender equality for the last nine years consecutively by The World Economic Forum (WEF) based on criteria involving economics, education, health, and politics.
As per WEF reports, Iceland had removed around 10 per cent of its total gender gap. The magnificent pace of Iceland in eradicating gender inequality has made it one of the fastest-improving countries across the globe.
According to the latest WEF report, the top five best nations in the global gender gap are Iceland, Norway, Finland, Rwanda, and Sweden.