Monday, October 3, 2022

Most women in Iceland’s new parliament, European first

For the first time in Europe, more than half of the seats in Iceland’s new parliament are held by women, final election results showed on Sunday.

According to estimates based on the final results, women won 33 of Alting’s 63 seats, or 52 percent.

No other European country has more than 50 percent of women parliamentarians, with Sweden the closest to 47 percent, according to data compiled by the World Bank.

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, five other countries in the world currently have parliaments where women hold at least half the seats: Rwanda (61 percent), Cuba (53 percent), Nicaragua (51 percent) and Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. Emirates (50 percent).

Unlike some other countries, Iceland does not have a legal quota on female representation in parliament, although some parties require a minimum number of candidates to be women.

Iceland has long been a leader in gender equality and women’s rights, and has topped the World Economic Forum’s ranking of most egalitarian countries for the past 12 years.

It provides equal parental leave to both men and women, and its first law on equal pay for men and women dates back to 1961.

Iceland was the first country to elect a woman as president in 1980, and since 2018 it has a pioneering gender-equal pay law that puts it on employers to prove they are paying men and women equal pay. Huh.

The left-right coalition government increased its majority in Saturday’s election.

However, Prime Minister Katrin Jacobsdottir’s left green movement weakened, while her right-wing allies posted strong scores, casting doubt on her future as prime minister.

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