Iceland Makes It Illegal To Pay Men More Than Women And It Is Really A Good Idea

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The first day of the new year 2018 of Iceland is recorded in the history for its most substantial decision ever. And, the best part is that the decision cleared the boundaries of gender inequality.

Iceland became the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women. On Monday, Iceland legalizes equal pay between men and women.


According to the Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association:

“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 a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally,” she told Al Jazeera. “We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.”


Iceland the home of 323000 people is an island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and countries economy mainly based on tourism and fisheries. But, the main thing about this country is from the last nine years, Iceland has been ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the world’s most gender-equal country. But, 2006 was the year when the country reported the fastest improving nations in the world.

“I think that now people are starting to realize that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods,” said Aradottir Pind.


“Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness, and we have managed to get to the point that people realize that the legislation we have had in place is not working, and we need to do something more,” she added.

However, the government of Iceland is planning to fully destroy the wage gap by 2020. Well, we are wanting this law in India too. Are you listening to the government?

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