Iceland scandal over MPs' crude and sexist bar talk

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Iceland scandal over MPs' crude and sexist bar talk


There are calls for several Icelandic MPs to resign after they were recorded using crude language to describe female colleagues and a disabled activist.

Icelanders were especially shocked that the MPs' targets included ex-MP Freyja Haraldsdottir, a disabled woman and well-known disability rights activist.

Iceland has long been seen as a beacon for women's rights and has a female prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir.

Four Centre Party MPs, including an ex-PM, apologised for the crude language.

On Facebook Ms Haraldsdottir - who has osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) - said former Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson had apologised to her personally.

But she said the apology did not go far enough. "To apologise, while trying to explain, explain, and just lie about what happened, is not an apology."

"There are a thousand and one ways to express differences of opinion other than mocking a woman's body and appearance," she wrote on Facebook (in Icelandic).

Click here to read the full article published by BBC on 3 December 2018.