ICELAND is the first nation in the world to legally ensure women are paid equally to men.
The Arctic country has passed legislation meaning companies and government agencies that employ more than 25 workers, will be forced to receive official certification from the government for their equal-pay policies.
The law came into effect in Monday and companies failing to demonstrate equal pay could be fined.
Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, told Al Jazeera: “It’s a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally.
“We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.”
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She added: “I think that now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods.
“Women have been talking …