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Iceland Becomes First Country To Illegalize Gender Pay Gap

It is now illegal in Iceland to pay women less than men for doing the same job.

In a move to solve gender pay gap in the country, Iceland has officially made it illegal for men to earn more than women doing the same job.

With the new law in place, companies and government agencies with more than 25 staff members will be legally required to acquire official government recognition for their policies with regards to equal pay.

Female workers, rejoice! It’s now illegal for women to be paid less than men in Iceland.

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In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, shared:

“[It’s] a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally.

“We’ve had legislation saying pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.”

Companies and agencies that fail to comply will be fined.

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The equal-pay legislation has earned massive support from the country’s center-right coalition government and party opposition. Iceland’s parliament is presently almost 5% female.

Aradottir Pind further added:

“I think that now people are starting to realize that this is a systematic problem, we have to tackle with new methods.

“Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel we’ve managed to raise awareness and we have managed to get to the point people realise the legislation we’ve had in place is not working and we need to do something more.”

Although the new law has been first announced back in March 2017 during the International Women’s Day celebration, it only officially takes effect at the beginning of 2018.

It’s a big win for the world’s most gender-equal country.

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Iceland has held the title for 7 years running now, based on the survey conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Furthermore, the country is aiming to totally eliminate the archaic gender pay gap by 2020.

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Man Who Kicked Woman As Part of Video Prank Ordered to Pay £50,000 Compensation

The sick bastard got what he deserved.

Call it crazy but a guy really kicked a woman in the back of her legs – as a prank – just so he can create a viral video. Although the footage really went viral, the dude is in for some serious trouble. That is because he is being forced to pay £52,500 in compensation.

This wannabe prankster is none other than Mario Garcia Montealegre. He was caught doing a “kung-fu-style” kick on an unsuspecting woman. It all happened in the Diagonal Mar area of Barcelona, Spain.

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Priest Prays for Pope’s Early Death for Urging Catholics To Take In Muslim Refugees

The priest believes Muslims are “hostile to the Gospel,” stressing they’ve “murdered millions in religious wars.”

A Catholic priest from Poland has recently sparked outrage after his controversial remarks against Poe Francis. Apparently, he didn’t agree with the Pope’s admonitions for members of the said faith to take in Muslim refugees.

During a homily in Krakow, Father Edward Staniek labeled the pontiff as a “foreign body” in the church and publicly said he prays for his early death. The sermon has since been translated into English and has spread on the internet like wildfire.

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Threats Of A Mysterious Deadly Infection Emerge In Australia After Typhoon’s Rage

People can get the infection through direct contact with floodwater or droplets in the air.

Facing a typhoon, hurricane or cyclone is a dreadful experience, particularly in areas prone to flooding and landslides. The strong winds and heavy rain could pose an imminent danger to the residents. More so, the aftermath of the typhoon could lead to the rise of various diseases and infections.

A deadly airborne disease is rising from the ground which has led to the death of three people in Australia. Dozens of people have already been infected during the 2018 wet season.

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