RÚV reports that several organizations have called on the Icelandic government to incorporate the Women’s Charter into Icelandic law.
The request was made after the government was unable to address gender equality due to lack of funds and expressed concern about the handling of sexual crimes by Iceland’s judicial system.
The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, the Icelandic Human Rights Center, Öfgum, Iceland’s UN Women, and the Icelandic Disability Alliance have submitted reports calling on the government to enforce the Women’s Charter.
Iceland signed the Women’s Charter in 1980, but it has not yet been incorporated into Icelandic law. The group will meet with the Government of Iceland to ask questions about the implementation of the Women’s Charter.
“Currently, Iceland has a very strong gender equality law, but it is completely lacking in all the laws. Behind it is the gender equality law itself. There is no women’s charter, discrimination. Opposition to women as a whole is brought about only by Icelandic law, “said Rut Einarsdóttir, Executive Director of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association.