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This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality

By Magnea Marinósdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland  and Rósa Erlingsdóttir Equality Unit, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

For Icelanders, it is a source of pride to be the frontrunner in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index for the ninth year in a row. Ranking at the top is a confirmation of the successes achieved in recent decades and inspires us to continue to work towards complete equality of status, influence and power of men and women.

What is the secret to Iceland’s success? What are the lessons learned? In short, it is that gender equality does not come about of its own accord. It requires the collective action and solidarity of women human rights defenders, political will, and tools such as legislation, gender budgeting and quotas.  

Iceland, despite being an island, is not isolated from progress towards gender equality. As is the case worldwide, our incremental progress can firstly be attributed to the solidarity of women human rights defenders challenging and protesting the monopoly of power in the hands of men and the power of men over women.  Continue reading

This article was sent in by Andrea Stolz

Reader Commentary:  “So if gender equality isn’t rocket science and it can be done successfully elsewhere with great advantage to everyone, then there must be something else afoot in the U.S. …perhaps the sheer terror of the idea of changing the power imbalance? Ha – that’s not a ‘head-scratcher’ “

 

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