Women across Iceland their prime minister in going on strike on Tuesday. The action part of a campaign for greater gender equality in the country. Prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir reporters why she part in the "Women's Day Off". She said: "As you know, we have not yet our goals of full gender equality and we are still the gender-based wage gap, which unacceptable in 2023." A spokeswoman for the day off said: "On 24 October, all women in Iceland were to stop work, both paid and unpaid. For the whole day, women (and non-binary people) on strike, to the importance of their contribution to society."
Yesterday was the seventh time that women in Iceland have on strike. It the first such action in nearly 50 years. The last strike was in 1975, when 90 per cent of women did not to work and did not housework. The following year, Iceland an equal pay law. In 1980, Iceland became the first country in Europe to elect a woman as head of state. According to the World Economic Forum, Iceland has the smallest gender gap of any country for 14 years in a row. Despite this, Ms Jakobsdottir, said there is still a long way to . She wants women's pay to equal to men's pay. She also a reduction in gender-based violence. Ms Jakobsdottir said this was a "priority" for her government to .