The current legislation on gender equality is the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights Irrespective of Gender, No. 150/2020 and the Act on the Administration of Matters Concerning Equality, No. 150/ 2020. More legislation applies to equality matters, notably the Act on Gender Autonomy, No. 80/2019, the Act on Equal Treatment irrespective of Race and Ethnic Origin, No. 85/2018 and the Act on Equal Treatment on the Labour Market No. 86/2018.
The first Act relating to Gender Equality in Iceland was adopted in 1976. The aim was to advance gender equality in all spheres of society. Substantial changes have been made to the legislation up until now.