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‘One problem is the salaries’

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Nordic representatives will contribute to the international debate on gender equality in the workplace and the labour market at CSW61, the theme of which is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. But how effective are the Nordic solutions? Nordic Information on Gender talked to Lynn Roseberry, one of the experts involved in the event.

‘Seriously, nothing is happening’

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One focus area of the Norwegian presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017 is gender equality in the labour market and the workplace. As part of this ambition, a large Nordic conference on the topic was arranged in early February. Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) attended the event, which was held Oslo.

‘Sexual harassment is not part of the job!’

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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.

‘The talk about marginalisation gives a skewed picture’

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There is a lot of talk in the Swedish public debate about stopping the marginalisation of people with immigrant background in the labour market. Paulina de los Reyes, professor of economic history at Stockholm University, argues that the discussion has the wrong focus. ‘Instead, the focus should be on the conditions in the labour market, as people seem to be experiencing increasing levels of stress, instability, intimidation, violence and exclusion from the social safety net in the workplace.’

’The Nordic countries need more Feminist Initiatives!’

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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.

’We Demand That Employers Stop Breaking the Law!’

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‘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.

“Difficult for women to combine family life with a career as a policewoman”

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Women are largely absent at the managerial level of the Baltic and Nordic police forces. This can partly be attributed to the difficulty of combining family life with a career in the sector. In late May, a seminar on the situation in the Nordic and Baltic countries will be arranged in Riga.

“Very different gender issues on the agenda in Canada”

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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.

A gender quota law is not a quick fix

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In Norway and Iceland, gender quota laws have successfully increased the share of women on corporate boards. The issue of introducing a similar law in Sweden has been debated for many years, but so far no legislative changes have been made. However, the very threat of an upcoming gender quota law indeed seems to have made a difference.

Conference and Seminar on Gender Equality: Who Does What? Gender Segregation in the Labour Market and Division of Labour in the Home

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How does gender segregation of the labour market and division of labour in the home effect gender equality? Why are there so few men in the fields of care and education? Why do men not take longer paternity leave? Do men participate at home or do women work part-time in order to make things work at home? Who is responsible for gender equality in the labour market and in the home? Does the labour market in rural areas take the needs of both men and women into consideration? These are among the questions discussed in The Nordic House in Torshavn on May 27th.

Denmark to Lead the Nordic Cooperation

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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.

Different Economic Effects of Part-Time Work for Women and Men

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In Denmark and Norway, a few years of part-time work when the kids are small will not have a noticeable effect on a person’s pension. In Iceland, Sweden and Finland, however, it may make more of a difference. This is the conclusion of a new report from NIKK.

Enhancing labour opportunities for women in the Nordic Countries

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This comparative study between three small or medium-sized cities in the Nordic countries is aiming to identify and share best practices to improve labour market ...

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

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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.

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

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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.

Finnish Gender Equality Programme Faces Critique

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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.

Focus on gender equality in the media

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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.

From Part Time to Full Time – Conference for Gender Equality in the Nordic Region

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NIKK, Nordic information on Gender, will host a Nordic participative conference in Reykjavik 12 November 2014. The conference aims for change: how do we turn part time into full time in the Nordic labour markets?

Full-time or part-time work? Different possibilities for women and men

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2015 |Domestic responsibilities are an important reason why women work part time, according to a Nordic report presented by NIKK. Another reason is that many ...

Full-time Work Too Overwhelming?

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Family life is not the only reason women choose to work part time. Stress in the workplace also matters.

Funding for research on gender equality in academia

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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.

Future Challenges in the Arctic

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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.

Gathering Nordic Gender Equality Statistics in One Place

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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.

Gender equality in focus when Iceland takes over Nordic Council of Ministers

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Income differences and gender equality in the western Nordic region are in focus when Iceland takes on the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. This year marks the 40-year anniversary of the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. ‘We still have a lot to learn from each other,’ says Ingi Valur Jóhannsson.

Gender equality in the labour market – a Norwegian focus

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Nordic females participate in the labour market to almost the same extent as their male counterparts. Yet many gender equality problems remain to be solved, according to Norway’s gender equality minister, who is also the new leader of Nordic gender equality cooperation.

Gender Equality in the Nordic Mining Industry

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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.

Gender Equality Index Puts Pressure on EU Governments

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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.

Gender power structure and women’s situation in the labour market

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A commonly raised question is why women are on sick leave from work more than men. But Sara Hultqvist, author of a recent report on sick leave and gender in the Nordic region, thinks that the question is incorrectly formulated. ‘What should be focused on instead is that some sectors of the labour market, in which mostly women work, offer unacceptable working conditions.’

Gender Quotas for Diversity in Leadership

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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.

Gender Researchers Sorting Out the Lingo

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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?

Gender-segregation in Labour Market Leads to Part-time Culture

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The gender-segregated labour market is a main reason why women are more likely to work part time in the Nordic countries than elsewhere in Europe. This point was emphasised at a seminar arranged by NIKK during the Nordic Forum conference in Malmö.

Genusjobb goes GenderJob

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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.

How to Increase the Involvement in Gender Equality Work

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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.

Iceland intent on eliminating the gender pay gap

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How can the differences in pay between women and men be eliminated? Icelandic trade unions, employers´ confederation and government officials have developed an Equal pay management system, called “The Equal Pay Standard” that will help employers prevent salary discrimination and enable them to become certified. The country’s new gender equality minister wants to make the standard mandatory for all major employers.

Important Progress Made at CSW – But the Nordic Countries Are Aiming Higher

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The UN member states will work to eliminate the pay gap between women and men in order to redistribute the unpaid domestic work. This promise was made at the United Nations women’s summit, CSW61. But the link between women’s sexual and reproductive rights and their economic independence is too weak in the final document, according to several Nordic ministers.

Inequalities in Health: Men Die, Women Suffer

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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.

Joint feminist struggle changed society in the Nordic region

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Trump in the White House and growing right-wing populism in Europe. It is easy to feel frustrated with the situation in the world. However, it is important to remember the feminist advances that have been made and the multifaceted struggle that is underway around the globe. Today NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) talks about reforms that have been critical to women’s economic independence and that may never have seen the light of day without feminist resistance and Nordic cooperation.

Large Gender Gap in Pensions

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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.

Making Change Towards Gender equality in the Media

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How can media promote gender equality? What influence can be achieved by activists? How can research contribute to the knowledge about gender equality?

Male Perspectives on Gender Equality

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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.

Many Cooks in the Gender Equality Kitchen

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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.

Media’s Gender Equality Work Has Stagnated

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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.

Men break with the norms to help propel gender equality

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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.

Men in Nursing Education

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This collaborative project between two gender equality centres and two universities looks at the underrepresentation of men in nursing in the Nordic countries. Men make ...

Ministers under Attack at Nordic Forum

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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.

More than half of the Faroese women work part time

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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.

New Nordic teaching material will learn students about women´s rights

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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.

New Publications about Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region

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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.

New report on challenges in the Nordic peripheral areas

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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.

New Statistics Database for Nordic Gender Equality

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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.

New Swedish gender equality agency opening next year

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A new Swedish gender equality agency will open on 1 January 2018. The initiative is expected to lead to more efficient management, coordination and evaluation of national gender equality policy.

NIKK to contribute to global sustainability goals

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In late May, the prime ministers of the Nordic countries launched a joint initiative called Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges. The aim is to spread Nordic experiences related to environmental management, gender equality and social welfare in order to contribute to global sustainable development. The Nordic Council of Ministers, which is coordinating the initiative, has asked NIKK to serve as a cooperation partner in the area of gender equality. ‘This is the first Nordic prime minister initiative focusing on gender equality, and NIKK has the foremost expertise in that field,’ says Julia Fäldt Wahengo.

Nordic conference in Iceland on part-time work

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Part-time work and equal pay are the focus of two Nordic conferences next year. They will take place November 12 -13 November 2014 in Reykjavik.

Nordic Experiences to Inspire Danish Municipalities

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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.

Nordic Gender Effect

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The Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges. The aim is to spread Nordic experiences related to environmental management, gender equality and social welfare in order to contribute ...

Nordic gender equality cooperation matter of life and death

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- 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.

Nordic jobs, funding and events

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Thanks to our Nordic cooperation we can present three unique web portals for job openings, funding opportunities and events. GenderJob, GenderFund and GenderKalenderN have everything you need to find ...

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

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“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.

Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality Attend UN CSW

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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.

Nordic Voices in Gender Research

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The feminist progress – and its price – is a hot topic when Nordic gender researchers meet in Roskilde, Denmark. The conference Voices in Nordic Gender Research wants to encourage more cooperation and Nordic research projects.

Nordic Women’s Network for Economic Gender Equality

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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.

Norway summarises an eventful year in the Nordic cooperation

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In 2017, it was Norway’s turn to hold the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and be in charge of the political cooperation on gender equality. The issue of hate speech received attention already during previous presidencies, and Norway has continued the work in the area. ‘The freedom of speech stands strong in the Nordic region and it is important that we keep protecting this privilege. We must be able to accept intense debate, but we will never tolerate intimidation and expressions of hate,’ says Solveig Horne, Norway’s minister of children and equality.

Opinion: Together we can eliminate gender stereotypes

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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.

Our Future Relies on the Work of Women

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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.

Parental insurance

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Nordic dads take more parental leave than the international average. Yet the rates vary across the Nordic countries and despite many advances in gender equality, ...

Part time culture and full time norm

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2015 | Fact sheet about paths to gender-equal working time in the Nordic countries. Women work part time to a much greater extent than men, ...

Part-Time 2014

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Women show much higher rates of part-time employment than men and this pattern can be found in all Nordic countries. But what are the mechanisms ...

Part-time 2015-2016

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In the Faroe Islands, almost half of all women in the labour force work part time. In Åland, women display higher levels of education than ...

Part-time Work – Different Economic Effects for Women and Men

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2013 | Working part-time during a few years when the children are little, doesn’t have that big an effect for the Danish or Norwegian pension. This ...

Part-time Work in the Nordic Region II

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2014 – uppdaterad version 2014-11-20 |Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. The Nordic Council ...

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

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‘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.

Part-Time Work, Gender and Economic Distribution in the Nordic Countries

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2014 | Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality 2011–2014. One important challenge is to reduce the gender ...

Paternal leave, difference feminism and part-time work discussed in the Faroe Islands

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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.

Requesting a broader approach to gender equality in the Nordic countries

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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.

Research programme on gender equality in academia

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

Search on Gender – in All Nordic Countries!

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Nordic cooperation on gender and gender equality is about to become a lot easier! The three unique web portals GenderFund, GenderJob and GenderKalenderN, launched at the Nordic Forum in Malmö, will give you everything you need to navigate in the field of gender and gender equality in the Nordic region.

Sexual Harassments Widespread in the Nordic Countries

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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.

Should Daddy Stay Home with the Baby?

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Reserving some of the parental leave period for the father is currently a hot topic in all Nordic countries. The Norwegian right wing has announced that they will do away with the ‘daddy quota’ if they win the election, and in Denmark the government’s promise to introduce the policy was recently put off.

Sweden Expands Gender Mainstreaming Programme

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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.

The daddy quota – the most effective policy instrument

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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.

The Gender-Segregated Labour Market – A Nordic Paradox

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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.

The Law Can’t Stop at the Front Door

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

The Nordic Countries Dealing with Gender Inequality in Academia

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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.

The Nordic film industry remains male dominated

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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.

The Same Challenges Remain After 40 Years

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The Nordic countries may be world leading in gender equality, but the challenges that caused the Nordic Council of Ministers to start cooperating around gender equality policy in 1974 remain practically the same. This was concluded at a conference celebrating 40 years of Nordic gender equality cooperation.

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

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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.

Various Routes are Taken in Nordic Equal Opportunities Policy

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The Nordic countries are often thought of as an ideal when it comes to gender equality and they are highly ranked in international comparisons. However, this does not reflect the whole truth about equality in the Nordic countries.

Wage discrimination on the agenda in Nordic gender equality policy

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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.

What’s the most important feminist issue right now?

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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.

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

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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?

Women and Men Must Decide the Future of the Arctic Together

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‘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.

Women are leaving Greenland

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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.

Women Leave Rural Areas in Search of Gender Equality

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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.

Women’s Occupations Valued Lower than Men’s

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‘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.
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