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 report also states that women are still in the minority in corporate boards even though ten years have passed since the enactment of a gender quota law regarding the boards of companies and pension funds. The status of equal pay is being discussed, but now a total of 160 companies and institutions with around 71,000 employees have obtained certification, or about 51% of companies and institutions covered by the law on equal pay. Finally, the report addresses government actions against gender and sexual violence and harassment, including the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Fight against Violence of Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), responses on improved legal status of the offender and increased emphasis on prevention.

The Minister's report on equality issues is published every two years in connection with the Equality Conference organized in collaboration with the Prime Minister and the Equality Council, and this time with the participation of the University Council of the University of Iceland. The conference took place under the heading Equality in a Changed World: Gender, Climate and the Future and over 300 people participated. The interaction between gender and environmental issues was discussed in the context of the United Nations' World Sustainable Development Goals. Particular attention was paid to future challenges related to technological change, climate change and new ways of working and living, and the impact of these factors on gender status in Icelandic society was considered.