Country / Region profile of: Iceland

After the global financial crisis in 2008, Icelandic women were at the forefront in the recovery of the economy. Despite its lack of armed forces, Iceland is a member of NATO and thus involved in NATO operations, including the international conflict in Afghanistan. In 1985, Iceland ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Iceland voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 2nd July 2013. No information is available as to Iceland's military spending in 2017. Iceland is ranked 1 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Despite Iceland's success in certain areas, gender issues - including gender stereotyping in the labour market and economic inequality - continue to exist in Iceland and further progress toward gender equality and women's empowerment is necessary. 

"Iceland was the first in the world into the [financial] crisis, but we could be the first out, and women have a big role to play in that. It goes back to our Viking women. While the men were out there raping and pillaging, the women were running the show at home." -Halla Tómasdóttir


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Military expenditure
The country spends an unknown amount of money on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Iceland could invest in ongoing funding of its National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
The Iceland NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Iceland made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.