One country is now making it illegal to pay women less than men. As of January 1, any government entity or private sector employing 25 or more must be certified or face fines.
Well, it’s about time someone does this. A new law in Iceland that makes it illegal to pay men more than women. A key reason the Nordic island has pushed through the law is that nearly half of its parliamentarians are female lawmakers.
A board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, told Al Jazeera that the legislation is a mechanism to “ensure women and men are being paid equally.” She added that Iceland has had legislation in place saying men and women should be paid equally “for decades,” but a gender pay gap has persisted.
“The gender pay gap is, unfortunately, a fact in the Icelandic labor market and it’s time take radical measures; we have the knowledge and the processes to eliminate it,” Iceland’s Equality and Social Affairs Minister Thorsteinn Viglundsson said.
Iceland has a population of just over 300,000.