Why is Iceland the world’s global leader in gender equality?

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Since 2009 and according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Iceland is the global leader in gender equality. During a WIP Study Trip, 50 international female Parliamentarians discussed the policies that were needed to achieve this position and about whether the Icelandic model can be exported.

Women’s suffrage was introduced in Iceland as early as 1915 and it was the first country in the world to elect a female Head of State, Vigdís Finnbogatóttir (1980). The country has passed, among others, laws to ensure gender balance on boards, to ban strip clubs nationwide and to secure paid paternity leave for 3 months.

Take a look at these facts and figures about Iceland and its history of gender equality and political empowerment of women.

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