News 2016

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.

Thanks for this year – we will be back in 2017

2016-12-22 | NIKK will take a hiatus for the holidays between December 22 and January 15. Our web and social media channels will not be updated during ...

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 Equality Fund Highlights Nordic Cooperation Against Violence

2016-12-07 | Lagging and inconsistent legislation against online violence. The importance of including an intersectional perspective in the understanding of violence prevention work and sharing of information between non-profit organisations and public entities such as the police and the legal system. These were some of the issues discussed when NIKK arranged a network meeting for projects that have received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ gender equality fund.

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.

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.

Genital Mutilation in Focus at Nordic Conference

2016-10-13 | The fight against genital mutilation has been successful around the world. However, despite growing resistance against the practice, many girls remain at risk. In Nordic countries, there is a strong need for preventive work and education. A conference titled Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting – a Matter of Human Rights and Gender Equality begins today in Helsinki.

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.

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.

Where gender equality fits into the ILO’s future of work

2016-09-19 | How do you close the pay gap and create a less gender-divided labour market? The answer does not lie in the past. Gender divisions in the Nordic labour markets have been nearly static since the 1970s and global data from the ILO shows shockingly little movement. So what is needed? That is what the discussion about gender equality in the future labour market is about. Does Iceland have the solution?

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.

Genusjobb goes GenderJob

2016-08-15 | The Swedish Facebook page “Genusjobb” is now part of GenderJob.org - and is accordingly renamed GenderJob. This means that we at NIKK has taken over the page.

Nordic summer school with focus on girl studies

2016-08-31 | What norms does Nordic gender equality policy give rise to and how do they affect various groups of young women? This is one of the questions addressed in the field of Nordic girl studies. Last Friday marked the end of a summer school in Helsinki titled Producing Girlish Knowledge. Nordic Summer School on Creative Methods in Girlhood Studies and Girl Work. Nordic Information on Gender talked to Bodil Formark and Aino Tormulainen, who arranged the event.

More Than 120 Organisations in Nordic Gender Equality Collaborations

2016-08-22 | For three straight years, the Nordic Council of Ministers has funded Nordic gender equality projects through a special Nordic gender equality fund. To date, more than 120 organisations have embarked on unique collaborations. A database containing information on all projects is now being launched.

Gender inequality remains in healthcare

2016-06-16 | Gender-equal care means that both women and men receive the care they need. It sounds simple, but despite all the high ambitions and goals declared over the years, there are still plenty of medically unjustified gender differences in the quality of care provided in the Nordic countries. At a recent expert seminar in Mariehamn, Åland, the Nordic governments were given some tools for change.

Have a nice summer!

NIKK will go on summer hiatus now – but we’ll be back with new energy on August 8. Have a nice summer!

New online course will develop the gender equality work in schools and preschools

2016-06-07 | Now school staff will be able to discuss gender equality issues with colleagues in other Nordic countries. A new online course will help spread knowledge and good examples from schools and preschools across the Nordic region.

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.

Faroese Women Have the Highest Rates of Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region

2016-04-20 | Almost half of all women in the Faroe Islands aged 20-64 work part time. This and more is revealed in a new report titled Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region –An Introductory Study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands.

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.

Lack of Legal Security for Victims of Online Violence

2016-03-21 | Online violence against women is on the rise and the laws in the Nordic countries are not keeping up. In a new Nordic project, women are interviewed about their attempts to seek justice.

Nordiska ministrar står upp för kvinnors yttrandefrihet och sexuella rättigheter

2016-03-14 | Idag öppnar det största mellanstatliga organet för att stärka jämställdheten i världen, CSW, Commission on the status of Women. CSW samlar årligen många tusen deltagare, och de nordiska regeringarna reser dit med delegationer där både experter och frivilligorganisationer ingår.

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.

Nordic Feminists Want to Put Racism on the Agenda

2016-03-04 | Nordic feminism is in need of renewal. It needs to become more inclusive and the large feminist organisations need to take on the issue of racism, says Zakia Khan from Interfem, who represents a new anti-racist feminist network.

Difficult to identify Nordic investments in gender equality research

2016-03-03 | Gender equality is often mentioned as a strength and an important export of the Nordic countries. Yet neither the Research Council of Norway nor Norwegian and Finnish researchers think that enough funding is granted for research in the field. ‘There’s an interest, but the money granted for research projects is too limited in relation to the total research budgets,’ says Marjut Jyrkinen, Research Director at the University of Helsinki.

Nordic gender equality cooperation – apply for funding

2016-03-01 | Does your organisation want to stop sexual harassment in schools, promote gender equality in the film industry or arrange an expert conference on human trafficking? If so, you can apply for support from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme for gender equality. A total of DKK 2.7 million will be allocated to successful applicants.

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.

Finland Wants to Break the Cycle of Violence

2016-02-11 | Effective practices and breaking the cycle of violence will receive particular focus during the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2016. Gender discrimination in media and health and gender equality are two other principal themes, says Finland’s gender equality minister in an interview.

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.

Research programme on gender equality in academia

2016-01-26 | The male dominance in top positions in Nordic research seems to persist. A new research programme, focusing on solutions, is now being launched.

Women are leaving Greenland

2016-01-14 | Women move away and men stay. The pattern can be noted in most rural areas in the Nordic countries. But in Greenland it is a matter of national survival. The gigantic island’s population, which amounts to only about 56 000 people, is expected to shrink over the next few decades.
Logotype Nordic Council of Ministers Logotype Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research Logotype University of Gothenburg