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April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits, with fines or imprisonment for up to two years, the payment, or promise to pay or render consideration of another type, for prostitution involving a child under the age of 18. The law prohibits child pornography, which is punishable by up to two years in prison. The law criminalizes statutory rape with incarceration for one to 16 years" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Activists continued to complain that the burden of proof in rape cases was too heavy and discouraged victims from reporting acts of rape and authorities from prosecuting them. The government did not respond formally to these concerns.. The government helped finance the Women’s Shelter, the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the rape crisis center of the national hospital, and other organizations that assisted victims of domestic or gender-based violence. In addition the government assisted immigrant women in abusive relationships, offering emergency accommodation, counseling, and information on legal rights" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not explicitly address spousal rape.. Victims of domestic violence can request police to remove perpetrators physically from the home for up to four weeks at a time. Police can also impose a 72-hour restraining order to prevent abusers from coming into proximity with the victim, and courts can extend this restraining order for up to a year. The law entitles victims of sex crimes to a lawyer to advise them of their rights and to help them pursue charges against the alleged assailants" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"The law does not explicitly address spousal rape" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Two laws prohibit sexual harassment. The general penal code makes sexual harassment punishable by imprisonment for up to two years. The law on equal status defines sexual harassment more broadly as any type of unfair or offensive physical, verbal, or symbolic sexual behavior that is unwanted, affects the self-respect of the victim, and is continued despite a clear indication that the behavior is undesired. The law requires employers and organization supervisors to make specific arrangements to prevent employees, students, and clients from becoming victims of gender-based or sexual harassment. The law establishes fines for violations, but more severe penalties could be applicable under other laws" (p. 9).more
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"In May the Gender Equality Complaints Committee ruled that the Ministry of Finance violated the law on equal status when it hired a male employee over a female applicant of equal qualifications for the position of director of public finance in June 2016" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape carries a maximum penalty of 16 years in prison. Judges typically imposed sentences of two to three years" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-1

"According to a salary survey of its members conducted by the country’s largest labor union, the VR, and published in July, the gender-based pay gap amounted to 11.3 percent after taking into consideration age, length of employment, profession, job sector, education, number of employees supervised, number of hours worked, and shift work... The gender pay gap amounted to 11.8 and 6.0 percent among the unions’ membership, respectively, after taking into consideration age, working hours, length of employment, type of profession, education, shift differential, and type of sector" (p. 14).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Activists continued to complain that the burden of proof in rape cases was too heavy and discouraged victims from reporting acts of rape and authorities from prosecuting them. The government did not respond formally to these concerns" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"Women have the same legal status and rights as men according to the constitution and the law. The law states that employers and unions should work towards gender equality in the labor market, especially in managerial positions, and that employers should work towards declassifying jobs as primarily female- or male-oriented" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"A child acquires the country’s citizenship at birth if both parents are citizens, if the mother is a citizen, or if the father is a citizen and is married to the child’s foreign mother. If a mixed-nationality couple had obtained a judicial separation at the time when the child was conceived, however, the child acquires the mother’s citizenship. A stateless child can become a citizen at the age of three. In all cases a child’s access to social services depends on whether he or she has a residence permit in the country" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 15" (p. 11).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes domestic violence specifically with a maximum penalty of 16 years in prison" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government helped finance the Women’s Shelter, the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the rape crisis center of the national hospital, and other organizations that assisted victims of domestic or gender-based violence. In addition the government assisted immigrant women in abusive relationships, offering emergency accommodation, counseling, and information on legal rights" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In 2016 a total of 116 women and 79 children sought temporary lodging at the country’s shelter for women, mainly because of domestic violence" (p. 9).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The country’s minimum age for marriage is 18 for both sexes" (p. 10).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

A woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man. A woman in Iceland can sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is paid maternity leave available to women in Iceland of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 100% of maternity leave benefits. There is paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters have equal inheritance rights in Iceland (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

There is paid maternity leave available to women in Iceland of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 100% of maternity leave benefits. There is paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (95). Parents in Iceland are able to work flexibly (95). Working flexibly, such as working from home or taking partial days off to care for children, could be considered a childcare benefit (SLE-CODER COMMENT).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: GP-DATA-5

Iceland law establishes an anti-discrimination commission (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in Iceland can legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women can work the same night hours as men. Women are able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are able to perform the same tasks at work as men. Women can work in the same industries as men (95). The ages at which men and women can retire with full and partial pension benefits are equal (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Iceland can legally register a business, sign a contract, and open a bank account in the same way as a man. Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property (95). Discrimination based on gender is prohibited in access to credit in Iceland, but discrimination based on marital status is not (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Iceland is free and compulsory (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

Iceland law mandates equal remuneration for work of equal value. The ages at which men and women can retire with full and partial pension benefits are equal (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Iceland can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Iceland provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 47% of the total labor force in Iceland (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Iceland can legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (95).
April 7, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

The government of Iceland provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of children or other dependents (95).