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Focus on work and the labour market in this year’s fund projects
2017-09-19 | How can the integration of migrant women be improved in the labour market? Why are men underrepresented in the health and care sector in the Nordic countries? And how does the design of the parental insurance systems affect the way women and men use them? These are the focus areas of some of the projects that are receiving funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund this year.
New Swedish gender equality agency opening next year
2017-08-14 | A new Swedish gender equality agency will open on 1 January 2018. The initiative is expected to lead to more efficient management, coordination and evaluation of national gender equality policy.
NIKK to contribute to global sustainability goals
2017-06-05 | In late May, the prime ministers of the Nordic countries launched a joint initiative called Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges. The aim is to spread Nordic experiences related to environmental management, gender equality and social welfare in order to contribute to global sustainable development. The Nordic Council of Ministers, which is coordinating the initiative, has asked NIKK to serve as a cooperation partner in the area of gender equality. ‘This is the first Nordic prime minister initiative focusing on gender equality, and NIKK has the foremost expertise in that field,’ says Julia Fäldt Wahengo.
Feminist Parties Moving Forward in the Nordic Countries
2017-04-04 | Feminist political parties are enriching the political environment in an increasing number of Nordic countries. On Sunday, the Finnish Feminist Party will participate in the country’s municipal elections. The asylum issue and basic rights of refugees are high on their agenda.
Joint feminist struggle changed society in the Nordic region
2017-03-08 | Trump in the White House and growing right-wing populism in Europe. It is easy to feel frustrated with the situation in the world. However, it is important to remember the feminist advances that have been made and the multifaceted struggle that is underway around the globe. Today NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) talks about reforms that have been critical to women’s economic independence and that may never have seen the light of day without feminist resistance and Nordic cooperation.
Iceland intent on eliminating the gender pay gap
2017-02-21 | How can the differences in pay between women and men be eliminated? Icelandic trade unions, employers´ confederation and government officials have developed an Equal pay management system, called “The Equal Pay Standard” that will help employers prevent salary discrimination and enable them to become certified. The country’s new gender equality minister wants to make the standard mandatory for all major employers.
‘Seriously, nothing is happening’
2017-02-09 | One focus area of the Norwegian presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017 is gender equality in the labour market and the workplace. As part of this ambition, a large Nordic conference on the topic was arranged in early February. Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) attended the event, which was held Oslo.
A gender quota law is not a quick fix
2017-01-31 | In Norway and Iceland, gender quota laws have successfully increased the share of women on corporate boards. The issue of introducing a similar law in Sweden has been debated for many years, but so far no legislative changes have been made. However, the very threat of an upcoming gender quota law indeed seems to have made a difference.
Gender equality in the labour market – a Norwegian focus
2017-01-23 | Nordic females participate in the labour market to almost the same extent as their male counterparts. Yet many gender equality problems remain to be solved, according to Norway’s gender equality minister, who is also the new leader of Nordic gender equality cooperation.
Busy Finnish Presidency about to End
2016-12-19 | A Nordic expert panel on online sexism and hate speech at the UN women’s commission meeting in New York and an event focusing on gender equality in the Nordic media. These are two activities that the Finnish Presidency is particularly happy to have accomplished in the past year.
Apply for funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund!
2016-11-14 | A new call for applications for funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund will be arranged in March 2017. If you are interested in applying, now is a good time to initiate collaborations, contact potential partners and start working on your application!
Funding for research on gender equality in academia
2016-11-10 | The Nordic countries often find themselves at the very top of international gender equality rankings. But when it comes to the share of women at the higher levels in academia, the Nordic countries place right around the European average. Nordforsk, an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers, has granted NOK 41.8 million to two research projects aiming to change this.
Different paths to gender equality in Nordic academia
2016-11-01 | The higher the level in the academic hierarchy, the fewer the women. Several campaigns to increase the gender equality in academia are now underway in the Nordic countries.
Human Trafficking Calls for International Collaboration
2016-10-25 | Human trafficking has taken new forms and is placing new demands on legal systems. This week, experts from the Nordic countries are meeting to learn from each other.
Nordic Laws Against Online Threats And Hate Speech Analysed
2016-10-19 | Hate speech and sexism on the internet is a growing problem in the Nordic region. What legal protection can the victims expect? NIKK has launched a new project to review the applicable legislations in the Nordic countries.
The design of parental insurance influences men’s use of it
2016-10-10 | Nordic dads take more parental leave than the world average. What are the reasons for this? A new fact sheet from NIKK explains what the parental insurance systems look like in the Nordic countries, and how the design affects fathers’ use of the right to parental leave. The fact sheet also sheds light on how the system rules can be complex or even dysfunctional for parents who do not conform to the heterosexual nuclear family norm.
Online Hate Speech and Perpetrators Scrutinised in this Year’s Fund Projects
2016-09-28 | What can be done to stop hate speech and sexism in the comment fields in social media? What are the best measures to break perpetrators’ patterns of violence? These questions are the focal point of some of the projects that receive funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund this year.
Demand for Legislation Against Discriminating Advertising
2016-09-21 | Sweden is the only Nordic country without a law against sexist advertising. The other countries have legislation in place, but the issue is not receiving enough priority. Iceland is best-in-class when it comes to following up on violations, according to a new Nordic review presented today.
Wage discrimination on the agenda in Nordic gender equality policy
2016-09-13 | Which gender equality issues top the Nordic agenda? Several Nordic countries are updating their guidelines for national gender equality policy. Breaking the gender segregation in the labour market and eliminating the gender wage gap are two prioritised issues in Iceland and Norway.
Finnish Gender Equality Programme Faces Critique
2016-05-18 | The Finnish government’s new gender equality programme is being criticised by the country’s gender equality experts. The programme, which points out the goals for the next four years, is described as a disappointment. ‘The most important issues are not included,’ says gender researcher Hanna Ylöstalo from The Finnish Youth Research Society.
How Do EU Decisions Affect Nordic Gender Equality?
2016-04-27 | The Nordic countries have long been pioneers and important exporters in the field of gender equality policy, yet they are increasingly affected by decisions made by the EU and other international organs. How does this influence the development in the region? This is investigated in a project titled Nordic Gender Equality Policy in a Europeanisation Perspective.
Nordic Film Project Wants to Break the Male Dominance
2016-04-05 | WIFT Nordic wants to improve the situation of women in the film industry. Today, men are benefiting from a disproportionate share of the available production support and overall space, which affects both the stories told and the characters displayed in the films. How can the situation be improved for women in this sector?
Inequalities in Health: Men Die, Women Suffer
2016-02-01 | Nordic men need to start seeing the doctor before it is too late. Nordic women need to become better at talking about their work environment. And the politicians who are crafting tomorrow’s health policy need to put on their gender spectacles. This and more was discussed at a recent conference in Turku appropriately titled How Are You Feeling, Nordic Region? The conference marked the beginning of the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016.
Wide Range of Nordic Cooperation Projects
2015-11-19 | How does EU legislation affect Nordic gender equality policy? How can we stop sexist advertising, or violence among young couples in the Nordic countries? These are some of the focus areas of this year’s approved funding scheme projects.
New Statistics Database for Nordic Gender Equality
2015-11-11 | A new statistics database shows how far the Nordic countries have come in the area of gender equality. Åland stands out by having more women than men in the labour force.
Nordic Countries Join Forces Against Online Hate Speech
2015-11-06 | The Nordic countries should take the lead in the work against hate speech and sexism on the internet. This is one of the conclusions made after the expert seminar on online hate speech in Copenhagen. ‘We have a tradition of using legislation to regulate markets and should do so also in this domain,’ says Emma Holten, who served on the expert panel.
New Nordic teaching material will learn students about women´s rights
2015-11-02 | A new website will teach Nordic upper-secondary students about women’s rights and encourage engagement. The content is based on the UN Women’s Convention and the Beijing Platform for Action. ‘It’s important that the students learn about their rights. This is a tool meant to change society,’ says Hanna Björg Vilhjálmsdóttir, upper-secondary teacher in Iceland.
Rösträttskonferens lyfter dagens utmaningar
2015-10-22 | För 100 år sedan vanns kampen för kvinnors rösträtt på Island och i Danmark. Det uppmärksammas i dag och på fredag med en stor, internationell konferens i Reykjavik.
Intersectional Gender Equality Policy on Nordic Agenda
2015-10-12 | Nordic gender equality policy is facing new challenges. What will happen when, or if, the intersectionality perspective takes over? Nordic researchers met in Örebro to discuss the answer.
Closed Appointment Procedures Increase Gender Imbalances in Academia
2015-10-07 | Danish researcher Mathias Wullum Nielsen has studied gender equality in the academic world – for example how the discourse, practice and implemented measures differ between the Scandinavian countries. In an article recently published in Nature, he writes about the problem of appointing academics without an open call for applications.
Gender Equality Index Puts Pressure on EU Governments
2015-06-26 | An index presented 25 June shows that the EU countries remain far from gender equal. The Nordic member states top the list, despite their still highly segregated labour markets.
Migration in Grönland – a gendered story
2015-06-23 | Greenland’s female population is shrinking. Many women leave to study and never return. This trend is not unique to the world’s largest island but can be found in rural and sparsely populated areas across the Nordic region. What are the solutions? This was the main question discussed at a recent seminar on gender, education and population flows arranged in Greenland’s capital Nuuk.
Sexual Harassments Widespread in the Nordic Countries
2015-06-16 | Sexual harassment in the hotel and restaurant industry is a widespread problem across the Nordic region. Experts from all Nordic countries recently met in Reykjavik to discuss solutions.
Sexuality in Focus at Gender Conference in Rovaniemi
2015-06-09 | Over 300 visitors from 34 countries participated in the 9th European Feminist Research Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, held 3–6 June. NIKK talked to Liisa Husu, Örebro University, who attended the event.
How to Increase the Involvement in Gender Equality Work
2015-05-28 | Getting people interested in gender equality issues isn’t always easy. How can municipalities and county councils increase the involvement in gender mainstreaming work? This was discussed at a Nordic conference in Oslo.
The Gender-Segregated Labour Market – A Nordic Paradox
2015-05-20 | It is called the gender equality paradox – that gender-segregated labour markets persist in gender equality-oriented welfare states. This was the topic of discussion when a Nordic network of researchers and scholars met for a seminar in Oslo.
Future Challenges in the Arctic
2015-05-04 | What are the living conditions like for women and men in the Arctic region? This was the focus of Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current Realities and Future Challenges. A new report summarises the discussions at the conference.
The Nordic Countries Dealing with Gender Inequality in Academia
2015-04-24 | Although a majority of undergraduate students are women, higher up in the academic hierarchy is clearly a man’s world. About 80 per cent of all professors at Nordic higher education institutions are men, but efforts to reach gender equality in academia are underway.
Need for Research on Gender Equality in Nordic Academia
2015-03-19 | A joint Nordic research programme for gender equality aims to improve the gender balance in senior positions in Nordic academia. NIKK contacted Jesper Werdelin Simonsen, executive director at the Research Council of Norway and chair of the programme committee.
Sami-Greenlandic Project for Gender Equality
2014-12-18 | Problems with violence and addictions are often swept under the carpet. Especially in small communities where everybody knows each other. Now Sami and Greenlandic women’s organisations are joining forces to address these troubling issues in their communities.
Law and Order in Focus for new Gender Equality Project
2014-12-15 | Gender equality through legislation is the topic of discussion when Nordic researchers meet in Umeå, Sweden. The legislative approach has proved successful in the Nordic region, but not all countries have chosen the same path.
Nordic Network Strengthening Gender Equality in Municipalities
2014-12-10 | When municipalities in the Nordic countries get together and share experiences about how they work with gender equality, it is to the benefit of the citizens they serve. Municipal representatives have formed a Nordic network that meets regularly. The network receives support from the Nordic Funding Scheme for Gender Equality, which Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) is administering.
Women’s Occupations Valued Lower than Men’s
2014-12-05 | ‘There’s a conflict in the trade unions about how different occupations are valued and what’s good for the economy,’ said Tapio Bergholm, senior researcher at the Finnish trade union FFC/SAK, at a Nordic conference on equal pay for women and men.
New minister: the Nordic region is a central actor in the international arena
2014-11-27 | The Nordic countries have extensive experience with gender equality work and therefore play a central role internationally, says Sweden’s new gender equality minister Åsa Regnér. ‘If we in the Nordic region don’t push the important issues related to sexual and reproductive health, nobody else will. It’s that simple.’
Nordic Cooperation for Young Feminists
2014-11-18 | Many young people are showing strong engagement in the feminist agenda. However, the awareness of women’s rights is often limited, says Stéphanie Thögersen from the Swedish Women’s Lobby. The organisation is leading a Nordic project targeting upper-secondary students.
Women and Men Must Decide the Future of the Arctic Together
2014-11-13 | ‘Gender equality is good economic policy,’ said former Finnish president Tarja Halonen at the opening of a conference on gender equality in the cultural centre Hof in Akureyri, Iceland, on 30 October this year.
Male Perspectives on Gender Equality
2014-11-05 | Nordic initiatives aimed at increasing the level of male involvement in gender-equality work have made considerable progress in recent years. The ministers for gender equality are now putting together a task force to identify the most successful initiatives. They have also commissioned a “catalogue for the future”, consisting of robust proposals for achieving maximum Nordic synergy in this field.
Men’s Issues in Gender Equality Actualised in Finnish Report
2014-10-24 | The working group on Men's Issues in Equality Policy appointed by Paavo Arhinmäki, the Minister for Gender Equality, began its task in January 2013. The working group on Men's Issues in Equality Policy appointed by Paavo Arhinmäki, the Minister for Gender Equality, began its task in January 2013 and has recently issued a report.
The Nordic Countries Stand United Against Violence
2014-10-23 | Zero tolerance for gender-based violence is a theme identified by the Nordic Council of Ministers as particularly important in the Nordic gender equality work. As a result, conference participants from across the Nordic region met in late September in Iceland to discuss how men’s violence against women can be prevented.
From Part Time to Full Time – Conference for Gender Equality in the Nordic Region
2014-09-29 | NIKK, Nordic information on Gender, will host a Nordic participative conference in Reykjavik 12 November 2014. The conference aims for change: how do we turn part time into full time in the Nordic labour markets?
The Same Challenges Remain After 40 Years
2014-09-01 | The Nordic countries may be world leading in gender equality, but the challenges that caused the Nordic Council of Ministers to start cooperating around gender equality policy in 1974 remain practically the same. This was concluded at a conference celebrating 40 years of Nordic gender equality cooperation.
‘Nordic co-operation key to gender equality’
2014-07-02 | The Nordic co-operation is a strong factor behind the Nordic progress in gender equality, says Eygló Harðardóttir, Nordic co-operation minister and Icelandic minister of gender equality. Harðardóttir is participating in Jämställ.nu’s ‘gender equality party’ during the Almedalen Week and will host Iceland’s jubilee conference Sammen om ligestilling i 40 year in late August.
Nordic Forum Welcomes Debate
2014-06-27 | The criticism has been widespread after the conference that was supposed to bring the Nordic women’s movement together. The work to create a multifaceted movement is far from over,’ says queer researcher Ulrika Dahl.
Many Obstacles for Danish Dads
2014-06-13 | The work in the Nordic countries to increase gender equality in the area of parental leave is often used internationally as a positive example – but the situation is more complex than it may seem. Differences in the right to parental leave depending on the place of work, resistance from management, the notion of ‘normalcy’ and the connection in society between masculinity and work, have a strong influence on the low rates of parental leave among Danish men.
The Nordic Women’s Movement Mustering up Strength
2014-06-11 | Motivational speeches, seminars, concerts and feminist theatre. Conference-goers at the Nordic Forum in Malmö have a lot to look forward to. This Thursday, members of the Nordic women’s movement will gather for the largest conference in 20 years.
Knowledge and Paper Art at nikk.no
2014-06-09 | One year after the launching of NIKK’s new website, brand new web overviews are now being published. This is the first time condensed comparative information about Nordic gender equality work is published online.
Paternal leave, difference feminism and part-time work discussed in the Faroe Islands
2014-06-05 | The Nordic countries are using gender equality to build their national identity internationally. But major challenges remain across the entire region. Gender differences in parental leave and part-time work are two examples discussed at a Nordic conference on gender equality in working life held in Torshavn, Faroe Islands.
NIKK and the Nordic Council of Ministers at the Nordic Forum
2014-06-02 | The Nordic Forum in Malmö 2014 is set to begin next week. The event is the Nordic women’s movement’s big conference for women’s rights, and NIKK will of course be there. See below for information about all the activities that we and the Nordic Council of Ministers will arrange at the conference.
Women Leave Rural Areas in Search of Gender Equality
2014-05-20 | Old-fashioned traditions and lack of opportunities make young women leave the countryside. The pattern can be observed all across the Nordic region, but is particularly evident in the Faroe Islands. We need to turn the trend around, says Erika Hayfield, researcher from the Faroe Islands.
Media’s Gender Equality Work Has Stagnated
2014-04-15 | The Swedish network Allt är möjligt, which is Swedish for ‘everything is possible’, brings together Nordic actors for discussion on the responsibilities of media in the gender equality work. Sexist advertising, media activism and challenges in journalism are some of the topics that will be addressed by the network at the Nordic Forum in Malmö.
The Conditions of Women in War and Conflict – Time for the Nordic Countries to Act
2014-04-10 | Women tend to suffer greatly in war and conflict, and men usually set the agenda when rebuilding communities. It is time for the Nordic countries to stand up in the work for a just peace process, says the Swedish organisation Operation 1325.
Our Future Relies on the Work of Women
2014-04-07 | More older and fewer younger citizens. In order for the Nordic welfare societies to respond to the needs of their citizens in the future, they need to utilise women better in the labour market.
Requesting a broader approach to gender equality in the Nordic countries
2014-03-19 | The Nordic gender equality cooperation should not be limited to gender, but should also consider aspects such as ethnicity and sexual orientation. This is a recurring view in the questionnaire responses recently submitted to NIKK by 89 organisations and 389 individuals from all Nordic countries.
Gender research ensures the quality of European institute
2014-03-17 | The European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE, has great interest in strengthening relations with the scientific community. Therefore gathered EIGE in February 40 participants from institutions involved in research and research dissemination across Europe. NIKK was one of the participants.
European Parliament wants to punish the clients of prostitution
2014-02-27 | EU countries should reduce the demand for prostitution by punishing the clients, not the prostitutes, says Parliament in a non-binding resolution passed on 26 February.
Focus on gender equality in the media
2014-02-25 | The Nordic media industry – how gender equal is it and where are the good examples? These questions are addressed in the project Nordic Gender and Media Forum. ‘We should ask ourselves what kinds of problems media give attention to and who they present as heroes,’ says project leader Maria Edström.
Broad perspective at Nordiskt Forum
2014-02-21 | The first draft of the program for Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 is now released – New Action on Women’s Rights. Thousands of people together with star academics, top politicians, everyday heroes, researchers, activists, performers, cultural profiles and business leaders are expected to attend Nordiskt Forum in Malmö on 12-15 June, according to a press release from the organisers.
Nordic gender equality in New York
2014-02-10 | The Nordic countries have joined forces on gender equality for 40 years. The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality are celebrating this with a number of events in conjunction with the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, which opens on 10 March.
Gender equality in focus when Iceland takes over Nordic Council of Ministers
2014-02-05 | Income differences and gender equality in the western Nordic region are in focus when Iceland takes on the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. This year marks the 40-year anniversary of the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. ‘We still have a lot to learn from each other,’ says Ingi Valur Jóhannsson.
The Nordic film industry remains male dominated
2014-01-31 | The Nordic film industry is still far from gender equal. New statistics presented at the Gothenburg Film Festival show that among the 98 Nordic films that premiered in 2012, only one had women in all key positions, behind and in front of the camera.
Gender and green growth “the Nordic Way”
2014-01-07 | “Women and men leave different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues and sustainability in different ways. Their preferred means of transport vary, as do their ...
Efforts for gender equality get Nordic support
2013-11-25 | Eleven Nordic activities will share 1.2 million Danish crowns. The Nordic Council of Ministers has made its decision about the Nordic funding scheme set up in 2013. A new announcement is coming in 2014.
Mixed signals in Nordic prostitution policy
2013-11-14 | In Norway condoms are distributed to prostitutes, while in Sweden this runs counter to its zero-tolerance policy. The idea of a common Nordic model for dealing with prostitution is not reflected in practice.
Nordic gender equality cooperation matter of life and death
2013-10-07 | - Gender equality is not a luxury problem, but a matter of life and death. That statement was delivered by Manu Sareen, Denmark's Minister for Gender Equality, as he opened the cross- Nordic Conference on the future of the Nordic Gender Equality cooperation.
Nordic Gender Equality Policy Has Been Europeanised
2013-09-25 | Gender equality policy in the Nordic countries has been influenced by the EU and become more focused on anti-discrimination and strengthening of human rights. This is the view of Johanna Kantola, researcher, who recently spoke at a conference at Stockholm University.
Nordic Council criticism of Russian legislation against homosexual propaganda
2013-08-29 | "The Russian law banning 'homosexual propaganda' goes against the Nordic Council's core values of democracy, equality and freedom of speech. The Nordic Council will continue to protest against this at every opportunity until we see a change", says Karin Åström, Northwest Russian Observer in the Nordic Council Presidium.
The Nordic region – a gender equality paradise?
2013-08-12 | Although the Nordic countries have been good about bringing more women into academic leadership positions, they are only at the EU level when it comes to the percentage of female professors.
Various Routes are Taken in Nordic Equal Opportunities Policy
2013-08-06 | The Nordic countries are often thought of as an ideal when it comes to gender equality and they are highly ranked in international comparisons. However, this does not reflect the whole truth about equality in the Nordic countries.
Should Daddy Stay Home with the Baby?
2013-06-24 | Reserving some of the parental leave period for the father is currently a hot topic in all Nordic countries. The Norwegian right wing has announced that they will do away with the ‘daddy quota’ if they win the election, and in Denmark the government’s promise to introduce the policy was recently put off.