DW: Iceland is often referred to as “the most gender-egalitarian country in the world.” Would you agree? Katrin Jakobsdottir: I have often said that while we are proud of our place at the top of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap list, women in Iceland are also very aware that even we — in this top global position of the “gender paradise” as Iceland is sometimes called — have work to do. While there is a difference in degree between women’s equality in Iceland and some other corners of the world, the nature of the discrimination is the same. The gender pay gap still exists in Iceland, women still don’t have equal power in Iceland’s corporate and financial world, and we also have the serious problem of gender-based violence and sexual violence and harassment in Iceland, as most recently revealed by the #MeToo movement. Do you think your country’s gender equality achievements are sufficient? No. The fight for gender equality won’t be “over” or “sufficient” until we have eliminated gender-based discrimination in Iceland and across the world. Even though we reach a milestone here and there, we must never think that because of those milestones or goals reached, the fight for gender equality is… Read full this story
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