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Iceland's Women Strike for Gender Equality and Fair Pay

October 27, 2023
Diversity and Inclusion

Women in Iceland this week joined in a huge show of unity and went on strike on Tuesday.

This is the first full-day women’s strike since 1975.

Despite Iceland's reputation as a leader in gender equality, women in some professions still earn 21% less than men, and over 40% have experienced gender-based or sexual violence.

The strike is also drawing attention to the undervaluation and underpayment of jobs traditionally associated with women, such as cleaning and caregiving.

The strike is demanding the publication of wages in female-dominant professions and increased action against gender-based and sexual violence.

Let us hope where Iceland leads the world will follow.

Read the full Guardian article here

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