A FULL DAY WOMEN’S STRIKE
24 OCTOBER 2023
Women have been striking for equality since 1975. This will be the seventh such strike.
This time we’ll strike the whole day, unlike last time. This includes striking at home; not taking on the unpaid labour we’re expected to take upon ourselves, such as childcare, housework and the emotional labour of delegating tasks for the household.
That gender-based violence will be eliminated and that the contribution of women and non-binary people will be acknowledged and rewarded.
Women and non-binary people will gather in many places around the country. The biggest gathering will be downtown Reykjavík, at Arnarhóll at 14:00.
A lot of organisations contribute to the preparation of the demonstration, but the event is owned by us all. The following organisations are behind the Women’s Strike 2023:
On 24 October, all women in Iceland, including immigrant women, are encouraged to stop work, both paid and unpaid. For the whole day, women (and non-binary people) will strike, to demonstrate the importance of their contribution to society. Women will not go to work on this day. For this one day, we expect husbands, fathers, brothers and uncles to take on the responsibilities related to family and home, for example: preparing breakfast and lunch box, remembering birthdays of relatives, buying a present for your mother-in-law, making a dentist appointment for your child, etc.
Immigrant women make up around 22% of women in the Icelandic labour market. Their contribution to Icelandic society is invaluable but sadly, their importance is rarely acknowledged or reflected in the wages they receive. We encourage women and non-binary people to stop both paid unpaid work on that day, and to attend a demonstration meeting. If you are not able to attend a meeting, you can show your solidarity under the hashtag #kvennaverkfall
Historically speaking, employers have not obstructed their employees from participating in the women’s strike. If you have questions or worries about your rights, or are unsure how this works, please take a look at our Frequently asked questions.