Iceland - October 2023
Icelanders go on strike against gender-based violence and pay discrimination
On 24 October, more than a quarter of Iceland’s population went on a full-day strike against gender-based violence and pay discrimination. The crowd of over 100,000 women and non-binary people was joined by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and caused widespread disruptions, with schools, kindergartens and most banks having to close. It is the first strike of its kind since 1975, when a full-day strike by 90 per cent of Icelandic women resulted in the creation of a women’s political party and the election of the world’s first elected female president. Although the country at present is among the world’s most gender equal, research from the University of Iceland has found that 40 per cent of Icelandic women have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime. National statistics from 2022 reveal that Icelandic women earn 9.1 per cent less than Icelandic men, with a gap of over 25 per cent in some occupations.