• Children at the Laufsborg school, Reykjavík. (SBS Dateline)
The Viking nation of Iceland has become a feminist utopia. We look at how the island country became the best place on earth to be a woman, and as if that also means it’s the best place to be a man.
Airdate: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 21:30
Channel: 
SBS

The first part of our Defending Gender two-part story, is available to watch here - Defending Gender part 1: Proud Boys.

For the past nine years, Iceland has ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Equality Index. Australia is ranked 35th.

In this week's Dateline, SBS World News presenter Janice Petersen travels to the island country to explore how it became world capital of gender equality, and looks at what impact this is having on the idea of masculinity in society.

We meet women who sparked Iceland’s feminist revolution in 1975, working mums, stay at home dads, the CEO of a gender-neutral kindergarten trying to reverse gender stereotypes and promote gender equality, and attend a sex education class with teens learning about sexual violence and consent.

Iceland is on its way to eliminating the gender pay gap completely by 2022.

So, what is the country doing differently to make the most equal society in the world? And what can Australia learn?

Watch the full story at the top of the page.

A victim of the Nordic Paradox

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Credits

Reporter: Janice Petersen

Producer: Kylie Grey

Camera: Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Fixer: Egill Bjarnason

Editor: David Potts