Iceland Votes Yes for Gender Equal Pay

LoveWorld USA News anchors Sirleaf Flomo and Natasha Hinn shared the delightful news regarding Iceland’s newly implemented legislation.

Great news to all the women who’ve been fighting for equal pay. Iceland has made it illegal to pay men more than women. A new law enforcing equal pay between genders came into effect this year. Under the legislation, firms that employ more than 25 people are obliged to obtain a government certificate demonstrating pay equality. Otherwise, they will face fines. The law was announced on International Women’s Day last year as part of a drive by the nation to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022.

The women’s rights association stated “the legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organizations evaluate every job that’s being done. Once that is done they get a certification after they confirm the process, if they are paying men and women equally. We’ve had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades but we still have a pay gap.”

The legislation was supported by Iceland’s center-right coalition government as well as the opposition. Nearly 50% of lawmakers in Parliament are women.

“I think people are starting to realize that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods. Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness. And we’ve managed to get to the point that people realize that the legislation we’ve had in place is not working and we need to do something more.

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