Protesting against the gender pay in the country, thousands of women in Iceland left from work precisely at 2.38 pm and took to streets in order to protest fro the same on Monday. According to New York Times, on an average, women earn 14 to 18% less than men. That is, on an average eight hour work day, women are essentially working for free after 2.38 pm.
Iceland is one of the highest-ranking countries for gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, but the protests showed otherwise. According to the report, it will take 52 years for women to achieve pay equality.
Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, told the country’s official national broadcaster RÚV, that for 60 years it has been illegal in Iceland to discriminate on the basis of gender. Wage contracts can take into account education level and type of job, but not whether someone is male or female.
Arnbjörnsson added that such a condition cannot prevail and they cannot wait for over 50 years to give what the women deserve and while calling it “unacceptable” he added that they will correct it as soon as possible.