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Today is Women’s Day Off in Iceland

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Today is Women’s Day Off in Iceland

Women's Day Off Iceland 2016

The Women’s Day Off protest in 2016 at Austurvöllur square. Photo: Kvennafrí/Facebook.

Women in Iceland will leave work at 2.55pm today to protest gender income inequality, RÚV reports. It is the sixth such event in Iceland since 1975, and is also intended to protest violence and harassment in the workplace. The slogan for this year’s event is “Don’t change women, change the world.”

“According to the newest figures from Iceland Statistics, the average wages of women in Iceland are only 74% of the average wages of men,” the event website states. “Women are therefore paid 26% less of average than men. Therefore, women have earned their wages after only 5 hours and 55 minutes, in an average workday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Women stop being paid for their work at 2:55 p.m.”

Fríða Rós Valdimarsdóttir, chairperson of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, says today’s protest is a fight against ignorance, violence, and woman-hating. “This is a battle against violence, against all workplace harassment, against all harassment of women and others,” she stated, adding that the #metoo movement has brought to light the fact that most women who speak out against gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace do not receive justice.

The protest will take place at Arnarhóll in downtown Reykjavík. Travellers are advised that road closures will be in effect in the area.

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