News 2018

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Summer vacation at nikk.no

2018-06-18 | During summer we at NIKK will be pausing our updates here at nikk.no. However, from mid August you will be able to read news about politics, practice and research within the field of gender equality in the Nordics again. We wish you a happy and pleasant summer!

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.

Unequal distribution of part-time work and family responsibilities in the Nordic countries

2018-06-07 | In the Nordic countries, part-time work is much more common among women than men. This affects both the gender equality in the labour market and the economic opportunities available to women and men. NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, has compiled the results of three research reports on part-time work into a factsheet reviewing the causes and consequences of part-time work in the Nordic region.

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.

New OECD report: Nordic gender equality boosts GDP growth

2018-05-22 | The steady increase of women in the labour market can account for 10–20 per cent of the Nordic region's GDP per capita growth in the past 40–50 years, according to a new OECD report.

“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.

Iceland Discussing Stronger Anti-Discrimination Laws

2018-05-02 | The anti-discrimination laws and victims’ opportunities for redress vary among the Nordic countries. Iceland offers the weakest protection against discrimination. ‘We are 15 years behind,’ says Hugrún R. Hjaltadóttir from Iceland’s Centre for Gender Equality, Jafnréttisstofa.

Migrant Women and Jobs in Focus

2018-04-19 | How can the share of foreign-born women be increased in the Nordic labour market? This was the key question discussed when the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers arranged a conference in mid-April. Several new reports and Nordic collaborations around the theme were also presented.

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.

Lack of gender equality in rural areas the theme during this year’s CSW

2018-03-09 | Women are moving from rural areas to cities in the Nordics, leaving men in the majority among rural residents. During the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women annual meeting in New York, this challenge, as well as strategies to overcome gender inequality, will be raised by the Nordic Council of Ministers, with the support of the Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK).

“When women join forces, then they can’t be ignored”

2018-03-08 | The #MeToo revolution has swept the Nordic region in the past half year. An avalanche of testimonies of sexual harassment has put the issue high on the political agenda, yet the impact of the campaign has varied across the countries. In connection with the International Women’s Day, Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) has discussed the #MeToo movement with some Nordic experts.

New Project about Young People’s Experiences of prostitution

2018-03-01 | Young people with experiences of prostitution form a group that for various reasons is difficult to reach, both for researchers and social workers. Nordic Information on Gender’s (NIKK) new project aims to compile and analyse the available knowledge about young people with experience of prostitution in all Nordic countries.

Knowledge and a Long-Term Approach Keys to Gender-Equal Nordic Cooperation

2018-02-19 | The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has hosted Nordic Information on Gender – a Nordic cooperation body dealing with gender and gender equality issues – since 2012, and the assignment was recently extended by four years until 2022. The extension will contribute to more long-term gender equality work, according to the commissioning body, Nordic Council of Ministers.

Iceland Trails Other Nordic Countries in LGBTQ Rights

2018-02-14 | Iceland often places near the top in various gender equality rankings. But when it comes to laws and rights for LGBTQ persons, a European ranking shows that the nation is trailing its Nordic neighbours.

Students Who Make Untraditional Career Choices Will Receive Better Support

2018-02-08 | Many efforts are being made to encourage young people to break gender norms through their educational choices, but once they have made their choices, they are often left to fend for themselves. What additional support can schools and the actors in the labour market provide? This issue was the central theme of a recent Nordic conference in Stockholm.

Review: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Remains Widespread in the Nordic Countries

2018-01-31 | Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in all Nordic countries. But despite employers' far-reaching responsibilities, reports of violations remain disturbingly common. One problem, say experts, is that the laws are not followed.

Nordic countries divided on the surrogacy issue

2018-01-26 | Surrogacy, or surrogate parenthood, is an intensely discussed topic in the Nordic region, and the countries are divided on the issue. While Iceland has taken a step to allow the method as a treatment for childless people, Sweden is pulling in the opposite direction.

Project explores the neo-liberal turn in the Nordic welfare states

2018-01-16 | The Nordic welfare states have in recent decades been challenged by neo-liberal ideals. How does this affect the gender equality and the status of care work? This will be explored in a new Nordic research project.

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.
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