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Major challenges await Greenland’s new minister for gender equality

2018-06-14 | Greenland has a new gender equality minister after this spring’s early election, and the gender equality issues have been transferred to a new ministry. Yet gender equality did not dominate the pre-election debate, despite substantial needs in the area.

Nordic initiatives made impact at conference on men and gender equality

2018-05-24 | How can the prevailing masculinity norms be changed? This was the central issue discussed at the recent international conference on men and gender equality, ICMEO, arranged in Stockholm. The 2-day conference programme also covered topics such as methods to prevent violence in the Nordic countries.

“The conference is key to help us find ways to incorporate men in the gender equality work”

2018-05-14 | ICMEO, an international conference on men and equal opportunities, will be held in Stockholm on May 15-16. The theme is "Masculinity and norm critical approaches: Gender equality work with boys and young men". NIKK has spoken to one of the Icelandic participants.

Sweden arranges conference on men and gender equality

2018-04-03 | Sweden will arrange the 4th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities, ICMEO, in Stockholm on 15-16 May 2018. The Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Lena Hallengren, will host the conference with international high-level participants also being featured in the programme. The Swedish Gender Equality Agency co-arranges the conference on behalf of the Swedish Minister of Gender Equality.

Strategies to prevent violence shared across borders

2018-03-22 | The Nordic countries have come a long way in preventing and combatting men's violence against women and domestic violence, but the work lacks an intersectional approach. This has been established in the recent report, The Istanbul Convention: the Nordic Way. The document discusses how well different Nordic countries live up to the Istanbul Convention and highlights best practices for prevention work within the various countries.

Swedish presidency to focus on male involvement

2018-01-09 | This year, Sweden takes over the presidency of the Nordic gender equality cooperation. The agenda includes an international conference on how men can be involved in the work against violence. ‘It is important that we in the Nordic countries take a close look at ourselves. In light of the MeToo campaign, a lot of work remains, for example when it comes to attitudes to women,’ says Åsa Régner, Swedish gender equality minister.

Fact sheet release: the public sphere

2017-10-09 | NIKK’s publication of a fact sheet highlighting issues of gender inequality within the public sphere aims to utilise knowledge obtained through Nordic cooperation and shed light on actors and decision makers to achieve the goal of a gender-equal Nordic region.

Film releases: Three new films about Nordic cooperation

2017-09-26 | Different groups face different conditions in the public space. Sexist advertising, online hate speech and the invisibility of certain categories of people in the media risk silencing many voices. Now Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) is releasing three promotional films focusing on Nordic cooperation regarding the public space.

Nordic networks initiate a discussion about gender norms

2017-02-16 | Young boys are repeatedly exposed to extreme gender ideals in films and advertisements. Men are often portrayed as strong lone wolves with a preference for violence as a means to solve problems. The Nordic MenEngage network wants to initiate a discussion about gender norms, change the stereotypical male norm and stop the violence. Today they are hosting a conference in Oslo.

Focus on the perpetrators of violence

2016-11-30 | Gender-related violence is a widespread and persistent problem in the Nordic countries. An international conference that puts the focus on the perpetrators opens today. What are the best methods to change the behaviour of the perpetrators and thereby end the violence?

Gender research journals explore contemporary trends

2016-11-22 | The Nordic countries boast several research journals that together help push the field of gender research forward. One example is NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. The current issue of the journal looks for example at how masculinity research can help us understand Donald Trump’s success in the political arena.

Suggestion: Nordic men’s Week

2016-02-17 | A Nordic men’s week to bring attention to men’s health and overall situation, and a project acknowledging different types of families. A new report gives suggestions on how the Nordic Council of Ministers can address social and health issues with a gender equality perspective.

Nordic Ministers call for men to play greater role in gender equality

2015-03-12 | “Much would be gained by a greater focus on men’s roles and responsibilities in promoting gender equality. When men and women work together, it speeds up progress towards sustainable and gender-equal societies,” the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM) announced at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

What’s the most important feminist issue right now?

2015-03-06 | What’s the most important feminist issue right now? And what needs to be done? Since Sunday is International Women’s Day, NIKK asked researchers, politicians, activists and debaters from across the Nordic region. Read their responses below.

Many Cooks in the Gender Equality Kitchen

2015-02-05 | Gender equality has traditionally been considered a left-wing issue. But things have changed, and today the concept is addressed across the political scale all the way out to the far right. What happens when new groups want to be part of defining gender equality? This is what the researchers, politicians and practitioners in a new Nordic network are looking closer at.

New Network for Men’s Gender Equality Work

2014-12-11 | Men’s engagement in the gender equality work makes the Nordic countries stand out internationally. ‘Many people see us as more radical,’ says Tomas Agnemo, coordinator of the new Nordic branch of the MenEngage network. The network gathers Nordic organisations focusing on men, masculinities and gender equality.

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.

Sure Boys can Write!

2014-10-20 | Pojkar kan visst skriva! – sure boys can write! – is the title of Katharina Andersson’s doctoral thesis, where she studies what school children actually can do instead of looking for their weaknesses. By analysing only boys’ writing, their abilities could be assessed and interpreted without comparing them with girls.

Ministers under Attack at Nordic Forum

2014-06-26 | The Nordic gender equality ministers received both boos and applause during the panel discussion that preceded the heavily criticised closing ceremony at the Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden.

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.

They are Denied Independence

2014-06-12 | Men with intellectual disabilities are often denied their independence and their right to make their own decisions. This has consequences for their masculinity formation.

White Masculinity in Focus

2014-06-11 | Two giants within masculinity research, Raewyn Connell and Michael Kimmel, opened the Nordic conference on masculinity in Reykjavik last week. Both of them focused on how class, ethnicity and gender interact.

Nordic Network Sharpening Arguments Against Sex Trade

2014-06-10 | Sex trade is a major industry that continuous to flourish worldwide. But the Nordic Network against Sex Trade is not discouraged: Prostitution must stop!

Conference on Men and Masculinity Studies

2014-05-26 | The 4 - 6 June there will be a large Nordic conference in the University of Iceland on men and masculinity studies entitled: Emerging ideas in masculinity research - Masculinity studies in the North.

Gender Equality Labelling of Nordic Schools?

2014-04-02 | In schools and preschools across the Nordic region, children and adolescents are often treated based on gender stereotypes, and tools to change this pattern are largely lacking. Against this background, the Nordic Council has decided on the possibility of introducing a system for ‘gender equality labelling’ of Nordic schools and preschools.

Masculinity researchers call for political reforms

2014-03-14 | The role of men in the gender equality work has been discussed for many years, and several Nordic masculinity researchers now agree that the time is ripe for the politicians to act. Political reforms could increase men’s quality of life and change norms around masculinity, they say.

Reports shows failure in decreasing violence

2014-03-12 | The incidence of rape and sexual assaults does not seem to be decreasing despite extensive gender equality work, says researcher Siri Thoresen. Studies from Norway and Sweden show that many rape victims never tell anybody about their experience because of the inherent taboo problem.

Nordic conference in June on research on men and masculinities

2014-02-28 | The next Nordic conference on research on men and masculinities is taking place in Iceland this summer. From the 4th to 6th of June, the University of Iceland will be the host of dynamic discussions on topics as varied as global masculinities, men and feminism, confronting sexual violence, masculinity and media, and fatherhood and parental leave, to name a few.
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