News 2015

Read articles and news about current events in the Nordic countries regarding gender and gender equality. If you’re looking for something in particular, use our search function.

We will be back in 2016

2015-12-21 | NIKK will take a hiatus for the holidays between December 18 and January 11. Our web and social media channels will not be updated during this time, but you can, as always, visit us online at nikk.no! We’ll see you again in 2016!

New call for applications for gender equality cooperation

2015-12-23 | Is your organisation planning to engage in Nordic cooperation in the area of gender equality? If so, you can apply for support from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme for gender equality, administered by NIKK.

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.

Male Dominance Remains after Recent Nordic Elections

2015-12-02 | Although it may seem obvious that political power should be distributed equally between women and men, the Nordic countries are not there yet. Faroe Island’s new cabinet of ministers boasts a perfect gender balance, but the parliament remains dominated by men. The same can be said after the recent general elections in Åland and municipal elections in Norway.

Tidskriften Lambda Nordica firar 20 år

2015-11-25 | Tjugoårsjubilerande Lambda Nordica har länge varit ensam i sitt slag i Norden. I framtiden siktar tidskriften på att bryta den anglo-amerikanska dominansen inom forskningsfältet lhbtq.

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.

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?

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.

Abortion Hot Topic in Nordic Countries

2015-10-28 | Should healthcare workers be able to refuse carrying out abortions? This question is under debate in several Nordic countries. In Finland, supporters of a citizen initiative have gathered 68 000 signatures, and now the issue is being discussed in the parliament.

Politically Engaged Young People Are Scared

2015-10-23 | What does young people’s vulnerability to online hate speech look like in the Nordic countries and what is being done about it? These questions were on the agenda of today’s seminar in Reykjavik.

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.

Policewomen mobilise against trafficking

2015-10-01 | Human trafficking is a crime that transcends national boundaries. The Nordic-Baltic Network of Policewomen wants to expand the cooperation against gender-related violence. Next week they will meet in Riga to discuss strategies.

Iceland Joins the Nordic Gender Calendar

2015-09-28 | Iceland has joined in on the three inter-Nordic web portals GenderKalenderN, GenderJob and GenderFund.

New report on challenges in the Nordic peripheral areas

2015-08-19 | It’s impossible to discuss challenges in the Nordic peripheral areas without including a gender equality perspective. This is a conclusion made in a new Nordic survey on gender, education and migration patterns in the peripheral areas in the Nordic region.

‘Hate Speech Scares Women Away from the Public Debate’

2015-08-11 | The sexism in everyday life and internet-based harassment is receiving attention at the Nordic level. If women are scared away from participating in the public debate, society has a democracy problem, says Kira Appel, chair of the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality.

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.

Gender Quotas for Diversity in Leadership

2015-06-09 | An international conference on diversity in leadership was held in Reykjavik on 29 May. The Centre for Gender Equality in Iceland organised the conference, at which new studies on the effects of the Icelandic gender quota legislation were presented.

New Publications about Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region

2015-06-02 | Women work part time to a much larger extent than men, and this pattern is found in all Nordic countries. The project Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region has provided an arena for discussion about the effects of part-time employment. The results of the initiative are described in two new publications.

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.

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 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.

Users of Special Transport Services Face Suspicion

2015-05-13 | Individuals applying for publicly subsidised special transport services reserved for individuals with mobility-limiting conditions have to pass an extensive assessment battery. A new doctoral thesis exploring the legal landscapes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden points out that this runs contrary to the purpose of the service – to facilitate people’s autonomy and independence.

Gender & Law: New Research Presented in Umeå

2015-05-08 | A growing field with great diversity – this is how the legally oriented gender research in the Nordic countries is described. Read more about some of the research projects presented at last week’s conference.

The Law Can’t Stop at the Front Door

2015-05-08 | Violence against women, forced sterilisation and family norms. These were some of the topics discussed when Nordic gender and law researchers met in Umeå.

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.

Large Gender Gap in Pensions

2015-05-01 | A new report reveals large gender differences in pensions in most European countries, including Sweden and Finland. Denmark also has a gender gap, but it is much smaller.

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.

’This type of violence is a failure of society’

2015-04-21 | Every time an already vulnerable person is violated, it’s a failure of society, says Maria Montefusco, project manager at the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues, when asked about the background of the Nordic project Gender-based Violence against People with Disabilities.

New Nordic Network for Women with Spinal Cord Injuries

2015-04-14 | A majority of people with spinal cord injuries are men. As a result, the problems specific to women with these injuries are often overlooked at conferences and in research. Erika Nilsson from the Spinalis Foundation is coordinating a new Nordic project for women with spinal cord injuries.

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?

’We Demand That Employers Stop Breaking the Law!’

2015-03-27 | ‘Terrible but not surprising’ – a fair description of the results of a Norwegian study on discrimination of pregnant women and parents on parental leave. The report points to problems noted across the Nordic region.

Exploited Foreign Women Lacking Support in Law

2015-03-26 | Women from foreign countries who come to Norway and Sweden to form families with Norwegian and Swedish men lack support if they become victims of domestic violence. This was the theme of the conference Kvinnor och barn i rättens gränslan – women and children in the legal borderland – arranged 17 March in Oslo.

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.

Sweden Expands Gender Mainstreaming Programme

2015-03-09 | An expanded Swedish government programme will support the gender mainstreaming work in government agencies. Gender mainstreaming is on the agenda in all Nordic countries, but the conditions differ.

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.

“Very different gender issues on the agenda in Canada”

2015-03-03 | Researcher Erika Anne Hayfield just returned from Canada and a conference on sustainable development in the northern and Arctic regions. She was inspired by the conference, but fundamental challenges for indigenous peoples moved the focus away from gender and gender equality issues, she says.

Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality Attend UN CSW

2015-02-26 | The Nordic ministers for gender equality will provide a strong Nordic presence in New York during the second week of March. On 11 March the ministers will meet in a panel discussion on men's role in gender equality.

Gathering Nordic Gender Equality Statistics in One Place

2015-02-24 | Did you know that no Nordic parents share their parental leave more equally than the Icelandic ones? It will soon become much easier to compare gender equality statistics from the Nordic countries. The statistics offices are working together to put all data in one place.

Nordic Experiences to Inspire Danish Municipalities

2015-02-19 | A new report requests more and better gender equality statistics – statistics that can be used to strengthen the Danish municipalities’ gender mainstreaming efforts. The report points to Norwegian and Swedish experiences with user-friendly targeted statistics.

Debate on sex purchase legislation keeps simmering

2015-02-17 | The sex purchase legislation is subject to ongoing debate in the Nordic region. Critics in Sweden say that the law has had undesired effects, such as making the sellers of sex more vulnerable. Yet a Norwegian study shows that the sex purchase law overall has had positive results.

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.

Cooperation Will Improve the Police Work Against Violence

2015-02-02 | The police must become better at spotting human trafficking and gender-based violence, according to the Nordic-Baltic Network of Policewomen. Tomorrow they will meet in Copenhagen to discuss new tools for the police work.

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.

Nordic Women’s Network for Economic Gender Equality

2015-01-22 | Incomes that vary with gender and pensions that are too low to cover a person’s basic needs. That’s the reality people in the Nordic region are facing today. Several women’s organisations are now joining forces to intensify the debate on economic equality between men and women.

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.

‘Sexual harassment is not part of the job!’

2015-01-13 | Many restaurant workers have to endure inappropriate remarks and unwelcome physical advances in the workplace. The perpetrators include both customers and co-workers. A group of Nordic trade unions are now launching a project to fight sexual harassment in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry.
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