C-19: Actions to prevent increased violence against women and children

The Government of Iceland has announced various measures to mitigate the economic and societal effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The information below explains those measures with a special focus on measures aimed at promoting gender equality.

Prime Minister's Report on the Status and Development of Gender Equality 2018-2019

The Prime Minister's report on the status and development of equality issues from 2018 - 2019 has been published on the website of the Cabinet in relations to the Equal Rights Conference held in Harpa on February 20. The report states, among other things, that while the participation of women is among the highest in Europe, gender segregation is still characteristic when it comes to the Icelandic labour market, both regarding care and home chores. Women are more likely than men to work part-time, with just under 27% working part-time compared to 6.5% of men. Men also work longer working days and their working hours are more likely to be unconventional than women's working hours. It also appears that women are more likely to assume responsibility for caring for relatives than men.

The Gender Equality Action Plan submitted to Parliament

The government has agreed that a proposal for a parliamentary resolution on a gender equality action plan for the period 2020-2023 be submitted to Parliament at the beginning of the 150th legislative session this month.

Conference - #METOO Moving Forward

Since the #MeToo movement gained traction in 2017 millions of women have use the hashtag #MeToo on social media across the world. Anonymously or not, women have revealed epidemic levels of harassment, violence and everyday sexism. Women have called upon people in position of power to act and to help bring an end to women’s inequality and systematic sexism. In some countries the impact of #MeToo has been minimal while in others the movement has led to a robust review of structural inequalities, within specific sectors or in society at large. The impact of #MeToo has been significantly different amongst the Nordic countries, which normally rank high on gender equality indexes

International Conference on how Icelanders United Against Domestic Violence

The Directorate of Equality invites you to participate in an international conference on innovative practices to eliminate domestic violence. The speakers at the conference are from various public institutions, civil society and academia, and have valuable experience when it comes to working within the new system. The conference is designed to inspire and benefit everyone working with domestic violence; whether it is in relation to policy, victims or perpetrators.



Information on Gender Equality Issues in Iceland

The Centre for Gender Equality has published an overview of gender equality in Iceland. The publication provides information on context as well as legal and practical aspects of gender equality in Iceland. The document offers insight into successes, best practices and lessons learned in various fields of gender equality.   Chapters are designed to give a comprehensive overview and sections include links to further information on topics as well as contact information for the relevant organizations and institutions. The document is available HERE, and will only be published online.

Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic

The report Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges contains summaries and highlights from an international conference held in Akureyri, Iceland, 30-31 October 2014. The purpose of the conference was to promote an extensive policy relevant dialogue on gender equality issues in the Arctic to lay the foundation for further cooperation of the many different stakeholders researching, teaching, discussing and promoting gender equality in the region.

Iceland Joins the Nordic Gender Calendar

‘We have benefitted a great deal from the Nordic co-operation. At this point we’re hoping to be able to contribute more and show what we do to a larger audience. Another aim is to bring more attention to the Nordic co-operation here in Iceland,’ says Hugrún R. Hjaltadóttir, adviser at the Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality.