The Policy on gender equality in Iceland

29-09-2010

Iceland gender equality act dates back to 1975, the current one enforced in 2008. Iceland is characterised by a high labour market activity of women but large gender gaps. Currently, the specific Icelandic profile in gender policies is reflected in the act on parental leave policies providing men with three month paternity leave. New legislation on gender quotas on company boards aims at increasing the decision making power of women in economic life. Also in the field of gender based violence some active measures have been taken.

Iceland gender equality act dates back to 1975, the current one enforced in 2008. Iceland is characterised by a high labour market activity of women but large gender gaps. Currently, the specific Icelandic profile in gender policies is reflected in the act on parental leave policies providing men with three month paternity leave. New legislation on gender quotas on company boards aims at increasing the decision making power of women in economic life. Also in the field of gender based violence some active measures have been taken.

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