(12 Dec 2017) It's early morning in this upper secondary school on the outskirts of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
Students here are attending a pioneering course on gender studies, discussing gender-based discrimination, from stereotypical gender representations in media all the way to sexual violence.
"The aim is to (…) get them to realise where the discrimination is, how to react on it, it's also to empower them to take action against the harmful messages that they're getting," said teacher Hanna Bjorg Vilhjalmsdottir who created the course ten years ago.
She was met with skepticism when she first suggested it but now a version of the course is available in 27 out of the 33 high schools in Iceland.
18-year-old Tinna Karen Victorsdottir said the discussions held in this course have filtered into her daily life.
"Every class I go home and I have something new to bring to my parents," she said.
Over the past weeks, she said, her parents have changed their behaviour, with her father taking on new household chores.
Despite Iceland often being presented as at the forefront of gender equality and women's rights, the outpouring of grievances on sexual misconduct prompted by the "#MeToo" campaign have been a stark realization for the people of Iceland: equal representation does not, by default, lead to less gender-based violence.
Late November, Icelanders gathered in the capital to protest against sexual misconduct - sharing stories of abuse and harassment.
Iceland may have a female prime minister and some of the world's strongest laws on workplace equality and equal pay but it also has one of Europe's highest per-capita levels of reported rapes, according to statistics agency Eurostat, although legal definitions differ from country to country, complicating comparisons.
A 2010 University of Iceland study found that 30 percent of Icelandic women aged 18 to 80 have been physically attacked by a male at least once, of which 13 percent experienced rape or attempted rape.
Fighting sexual harassment, feminist groups have been active in working with nightclubs and bars to raise awareness of abuse and offer solutions.
Posters and stickers have been put up in several establishments across the capital to urge victims to seek help from members of the staff.
"We just realised that a lot of these things are happening when people are partying. So if we can both remind people not to harass and people that have been harassed that they did nothing wrong, and that they should talk to bar staff, " said Helga Lind Mar, an organiser of the annual 'slut walk.'
For Gyda Margret Petursdottir, a scholar in Gender Studies, the myth of Iceland as a paradise for women needs to be dismantled.
"Iceland is not a safe haven for women," she said. "When you have a gender-based violence in such great proportion you can not look at a country as a safe haven."
Over the past weeks, hundreds of women in politics, entertainment and academia have signed a pledge against sexual harassment and urged male colleagues to change their behaviour.
Andres Ingi Jonsson hopes to answer that call.
The MP has created a small group of male parliamentarians to actively discuss the plight of sexual harassment in parliament.
"There are stories about ministers ogling female politicians' behinds when the members are going onto the podium to deliver speeches," he said.
"So this is happening here as well, and that's something we have to address."
Iceland may be far from perfect, but its politicians have taken gender equality seriously.
For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world's smallest gender-equality gap.
But she believes that society needs the courage to speak up "every day" about the injustices.
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