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Men break with the norms to help propel gender equality

2017-10-30 | After six years of hard work, gender equality prevails among the senior management at Reykjavik Energy. The pay gap is close to zero. Ikea wants to reach the same goal by 2020, and Volvo is tackling fierce global competition with more diversity. At the Barbershop conference in Copenhagen, 200 business leaders, politicians, and researchers came together to fine-tune their arguments, expand their knowledge, and mobilise men within the field of gender equality.

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.

Male dominance at Nordic cinemas

2017-02-27 | Only six per cent of all films shown at Icelandic cinemas last year were directed by women, according to a gender equality review of film offerings in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The results of the review will be presented at the Stockholm Feminist Film Festival.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘Some bodies are obviously undesirable’

2016-10-04 | Intersex persons often undergo surgery early in life in order for them to fit into the binary gender norm. The surgeries are standard procedure in all Nordic countries despite the fact that they cannot be justified on medical grounds. ‘The doctors think they can decide what a child’s “right” sex is, but they can’t,’ says Kitty Anderson, chair of Intersex Iceland.

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.

Identifying future feminist issues

2016-05-25 | Researchers and activists join forces in a new Nordic project to identify important feminist issues for the future. ‘We’re going to do a check-up on the feminist movements’, says project director Pauline Stoltz, researcher at Aalborg University in Denmark.

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.

Positive trend stalled – women still underrepresented in STEM subjects

2016-04-13 | Women are strongly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The positive trend of the past seems to have stalled, according to a study ordered by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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?

Upswing for Gender Research Following the Arab Spring

2016-03-31 | Arab gender research has seen a breakthrough and today almost all universities have their own centres for women’s studies or gender studies. An Arab-Nordic project has strengthened the connection between researchers in the two regions.

Feminists from different continents give their take on the most pressing issues

2016-03-08 | Today is International Women's Day. To mark it NIKK and genus.se have asked activists, researchers and debaters from different continents to share their most important feminist issue. Read their responses below.

Widespread partner violence among young people

2016-02-23 | Gender-related violence among young couples is a widespread problem in the Nordic countries. A Nordic expert conference will be held in April to gather the best examples of how it can be stopped. ‘It’s important to start working with people at a young age,’ says Are Saastad from Reform – Resource Centre for Men in Norway.

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.

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.

More than half of the Faroese women work part time

2015-12-08 | Over 50 per cent of Faroese women work part time. According to Erika Hayfield, one likely reason for this is that many men leave home for extended periods to work in the fishing and offshore oil industries. Hayfield is in charge of the third study on part-time work, which focuses on the situation in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

Teaching Preschool Workers to Analyse Gender Norms in Children’s Books

2015-11-17 | This article is from Kilden - kjonnsforskning.no
Anne Winsnes Rødland

Reform, The Norweigen resource centre for men, has launched a new website – genustest.no – to help preschool workers in the Nordic region analyse gender in children’s literature. Do the books promote gender equality? Or do they reinforce destructive gender stereotypes?

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.

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.

Washing Line in the Colors of the Rainbow

2015-05-27 | An art project will help bringing colors to the Nordic Pride festivals. Everyone is invited to take part by hanging out their wash in the colors of the rainbow.

Network to Develop Nordic Mentor Programmes

2015-05-25 | ‘We keep getting new ideas. I have worked with mentoring for a long time but will still leave the meeting with some great new input,’ said senior adviser Goro Ree-Lindstad from the Norwegian Centre for Equality at a network meeting in Copenhagen on 11 May.

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.

Increased Risk of Violence for people with Norm-breaking Functional Capacity

2015-04-21 | ‘In order to prevent violence against women with disabilities, we need to increase the status of this group in society,’ says Icelandic researcher Hrafnhildur S. Gunnarsdóttir. A Nordic project is finding the best ways to prevent the violence.

Gender Researchers Sorting Out the Lingo

2015-04-09 | Concepts and terms in the field of gender studies and gender research are under scrutiny. Projects to standardise the terminology are underway in both Norway and Sweden. What does hen and hin really mean, and is the word genus even needed?

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back in the View of Female Entrepreneurship

2015-03-23 | Which measures lead to gender equality in entrepreneurship? This is the topic of a report from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. According to the report, the Nordic countries have a lot to learn from each other.

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.

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.

Nordic transgender policy changing

2015-02-12 | A new Finnish law banning discrimination of transgender persons went into effect 1 January. The country’s LGBT movement welcomes the initiative, but has no time to celebrate. New laws are meant to improve the conditions for trans persons in the Nordic region, but are they successful? NIKK asked activists in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

’The Nordic countries need more Feminist Initiatives!’

2015-02-10 | The Nordic countries should use their position to promote a more advanced discussion on gender equality and equal treatment, said Gudrun Schyman at a gender equality seminar in Helsinki last week.

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.

Denmark to Lead the Nordic Cooperation

2015-01-29 | Getting more girls to break the gender pattern and pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math. That is one of the focus areas for the Nordic gender equality cooperation under the Danish Presidency.

Opinion: Together we can eliminate gender stereotypes

2015-01-26 | In 2014, the Nordic Council of Ministers marked the 40-year anniversary of the Nordic gender equality cooperation – a fruitful initiative that has played a significant role for the repeated success of the Nordic countries in various international gender equality rankings. The results speak for themselves: Nowhere in the world do men and women live as equal lives as in the Nordic region. Now it’s time to take another step forward.

The daddy quota – the most effective policy instrument

2015-01-15 | In the book Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare States – Comparing Care Policies and Practice , 25 researchers describe modern fatherhood in the Nordic countries and how Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden support men in taking an active role in the parenting of their children. NIKK has talked to Professor Tine Rostgaard, one of the two editors of the book.

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.

Making Change Towards Gender equality in the Media

2014-12-16 | How can media promote gender equality? What influence can be achieved by activists? How can research contribute to the knowledge about gender equality?

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.

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.

Part-time Work is Women’s Response to Unhealthy Conditions

2014-12-02 | ‘We have seen a decreased focus on men as primary breadwinners in recent years. After all, participation of both women and men in the Nordic labour markets is a cornerstone of economic development,’ said Iceland’s gender equality minister Eygló Hardardóttir at the beginning of the conference ‘From Part Time to Full Time?’, which was held in Reykjavik on 12 November.

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.’

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.

New Report: the Nordic Countries Still Leading the Way in Gender Equality

2014-11-04 | The Nordic countries have reduced the gender gaps by 84 %, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, published by the World Economic Forum.

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.

Full-time Work Too Overwhelming?

2014-08-18 | Family life is not the only reason women choose to work part time. Stress in the workplace also matters.

”It is well established that we treat children differently”

2014-06-27 | Girls and boys are still treated differently, and change will not be possible without a political willingness. Researcher Mia Heikkilä’s message was clear during a Nordic Forum seminar on gender equality work in Nordic schools and preschools.

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.

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.

‘The culture we had to overcome was our own editorial office’

2014-05-22 | Sure, we might be more gender equal than many other countries in the world, but women are still under-represented in the media. Also, men hold most leading positions in the media industry. What can we do about it? This was the topic of the Nordic Gender & Media Forum in Bergen, Norway on 7 May.

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.

Girls’ Groups Effective Method against Trafficking

2014-05-07 | In Lithuania, the work with girls’ and boys’ groups has become an important tool in the fight against trafficking. ‘The basic purpose of the method is to strengthen adolescents and start discussions about gender norms,’ says Justina Donielaite, project coordinator at the Åland Islands Peace Institute.

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.

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.

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.

Gender Equality in the Nordic Mining Industry

2014-03-25 | The mining industry has long been characterised by macho masculinity and a rough-and-tough jargon. However, change is underway. Thirty-five years ago, only men were allowed to work underground. Today, the mining companies are actively recruiting women.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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