Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis "Stop talking about gender equality if you want gender equality in your organization. Why would the first speaker open with such a provocative statement?
Ranking at the top is a confirmation of the successes achieved in recent decades and inspires us to continue to work towards complete equality of status, influence and power of men and women.
What are the lessons learned? In short, it is that gender equality does not come about of its own accord. It requires the collective action and solidarity of women human rights defenders, political will, and tools such as legislation, gender budgeting and quotas.
Iceland, despite being an island, is not isolated from progress towards gender equality. As is the case worldwide, our incremental progress can firstly be attributed to the solidarity of women human rights defenders challenging and protesting the monopoly of power in the hands of men and the power of men over women.
As such, the Icelandic case is nothing exceptional. It has been influenced by cultural, political, religious, social, academic and economic currents that have washed ashore and been domestically cultivated and created. Despite being mythical, it has its roots in reality, as women enjoyed certain liberties and had cultural and religious authority during the commonwealth period that lingered on throughout the ages.
There were gods and goddesses, as well as women and men serving as cultural and religious authorities.
Women were priestesses and oracles, poets and rune mastersmerchants and medicine doctors, enjoying respect in society. This religious diversity ended with the advent of Christianity in the year when the diverse group of Gods and Goddesses was replaced by one monolithic God.
Women began to fight for the right to be good enough. They partly succeeded in and when women were granted the legal right to be Protestant priests, and the right to vote and run as political candidates, respectively. This situation remained until a critical mass of educated women penetrated the fortresses surrounding the palaces of knowledge, the academia, and feminism became a mass movement in the s and s, uniting women in their struggle for equal rights and influencing politics.
Feminism began to infiltrate theology with God referred to as She by the first woman ever to be inaugurated as a priest in Iceland inor years after Iceland became Christian and 60 years after it became legal for women to serve as priests.
It had taken a century. Subsequently, infor the first time in Icelandic history, there was a sharp increase in the number of women in parliament jumping from five to 15 MPs of a total of 60 in a single election. Women Good Enough to Eat, Image: The Icelandic Love Corporation During the century that has passed since women got national suffrage, there has been a rise in the number of women running as candidates for elections.
Equal sex ratio is still not enough if the aim is to reach gender equality in political representation. To reach that aim, women have to be placed high er on the list of candidates to have an equal chance to be elected into power.
It is also a great achievement in this long struggle that the number of women in the cabinet has, in recent years, begun to reflect the share of women in parliament. The executive power has been referred to as the highest glass ceiling.
After more than years, there is almost political equality. In conclusion, the status of women in Iceland was, historically, relatively equal to men even though legal equality was not ensured until This applies in particular to situations of violence against women and girls perpetrated by family members or strangers within or outside their homes.Has gender equality already mostly been achieved?
In polls men and women answer this question differently. But there are some areas where we can agree, writes Peter Lewis. Nov 15, · The word "gender" connotes "women", "empowerment" suggests "fixing the women" or "helping the women", and "gender equality" implies "nice to have".
One of the major challenges in achieving workplace gender equality is that it is wrongly perceived as "fixing the women". Gender equality, also known as sexual equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.
Has gender equality already mostly been achieved? In polls men and women answer this question differently. But there are some areas where we can agree, writes Peter Lewis. Sep 12, · The word "gender" connotes "women", "empowerment" suggests "fixing the women" or "helping the women", and "gender equality" implies "nice to have".
One of the major challenges in achieving workplace gender equality is that it is wrongly perceived as "fixing the women".
Views in the UK are close to the global average – just over four in 10 people believe the government is doing enough to promote gender equality, compared with 40% globally.