Iceland has kick-started 2018 by introducing a law making it illegal to pay men more than women in a bid to close a pay gap that exists in almost every country around the world.
Under these brand new rules, companies and agencies that employ over 25 people will need to obtain a Government certification of their equal-pay policies or face excessive fines.
The bill, which came into effect on January 1, makes the Nordic island nation the first country in the entire world to outright ban pay discrimination on the basis of gender.
It forms part of Government plans to completely eradicate the gender wage gap by 2020.
Iceland has become the first country to make it illegal to pay women less than men— BBC 100 Women (@BBC100women) January 3, 2018
The government has introduced the Equal Pay Standard - if two people are doing jobs with the same score but not the same pay then the employer has got to fix this https://t.co/Bl07cHtqHC pic.twitter.com/oLxQLUBf2b
Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women's Rights Association, describes it as a "mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally."
"We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now - but we still have a pay gap," she told Al Jazeera news.
"I think that now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods," Pind explains.
"Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness," she adds:
"We have managed to get to the point that people realise that the legislation we have had in place is not working, and we need to do something more."
Iceland again leading in the equality movement. A new female Prime Minister, and a Parliament where nearly half of its members are women. Equal representation benefits everyone! #EqualPay #equality #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/bpi1P7zVr9— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 3, 2018
For the last nine years, Iceland has been ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the most gender-equal country in the world – followed by Norway, Finland, Rwanda and Sweden.
Yemen is the lowest-ranked of the 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report, which uses economic opportunity, political empowerment, health and survival to measure inequality.