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.