Iceland ranked number one in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum when the country was in the midst of its worst economic crisis, but as a new government comes into power, the United Nations Working Group is urging the new leaders to sustain its efforts and continue to close the gender gaps in employment and violence.
The United Nations reports that persistent gaps remain in both employment and gender based violence, and the U.N. Working Group states that in both areas there are still problems in the implementation of the laws meant to close those gaps.
While a law related to equal pay for equal work was enacted in 1961, the gender pay gap hasn’t disappeared. Women hold a very small percentage of business leadership positions. Furthermore, the Group reports that “women do not have sufficient trust in the system to seek redress for violations of their rights.”
The U.N. Working Group not only urged the new Icelandic government to sustain its efforts in closing the gender gap but also called for the government to pass additional discrimination laws and “to provide adequate support for organizations which enable persons of foreign origin, particularly women, to participate fully in economic, social, public, and political life.”
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