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#MeToo Moving forward: International conference on combatting sexual harassment

2019-08-09 | What impact has the #MeToo movement had so far and how do we move forward? These are some of the issues discussed at the international conference #MeToo Moving forward in Reykjavik 17-19 of September. The conference is a part of the Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019 and is organised in collaboration with RIKK, Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference at the University of Iceland.

Focus on men and gender equality in Tórshavn in June

2019-05-16 | In June, the Nordic region will join forces on gender equality as they meet for two days of events in Tórshavn in the Faeroe Islands. The focus will be the role of men in promoting gender equality and its development in Iceland and the Faeroe Islands. The Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers together with the Prime Minister’s Office in Iceland and the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Faroe Islands will play host to these events.

Direction of gender equality efforts identified in new programme

2019-01-31 | The Nordic countries are taking some fresh new approaches to gender equality with their new cooperation programme, being launched today, which sets the framework for gender equality efforts for the years 2019–2022.

Initiatives and action in the wake of the Me Too movement

2018-12-04 | How has the Me Too movement influenced the political agenda in the Nordic countries and the Baltic States? A recent survey by Nordic Information on Gender, NIKK, shows that these countries have taken a number of initiatives to deal with and prevent sexual harassment. These range from tougher legislation and expanding the remit of the responsible authorities to broad-scale information campaigns.

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.

New report on Online Violence Against Women

2017-11-27 | The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, in cooperation with Denmark’s Kvinderådet and KUN in Norway, have led a study regarding online violence against women and available options of support. The study has been made possible by The Nordic Gender Equality Fund, in partnership with the Icelandic Gender Equality Fund and the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare. The report aims to address the existence of different forms of violence, including harassment, threats and unconsented sharing of private data, which are facilitated by new technologies.

New election may strengthen Iceland’s gender equality work

2017-10-26 | Gender equality has been a frequent topic of discussion since the scandal involving a sex offender brought down the Icelandic government. ‘After this, I think gender equality issues will receive more attention regardless of who wins the election,’ says Rakel Adolphsdóttir, head of Iceland’sWomen's History Archives.

With the aime to engage men in gender equality

2017-05-12 | What is the link between gender inequality and human trafficking? This theme will be addressed on 23 May in Reykjavik at a conference titled Mobilizing Men and Boys for Gender Equality in the Baltic Sea Region.

Joint feminist struggle changed society in the Nordic region

2017-03-08 | 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.

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.

Iceland intent on eliminating the gender pay gap

2017-02-21 | 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.

A gender quota law is not a quick fix

2017-01-31 | 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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Nordic Cooperation for Young Feminists

2014-11-18 | Many young people are showing strong engagement in the feminist agenda. However, the awareness of women’s rights is often limited, says Stéphanie Thögersen from the Swedish Women’s Lobby. The organisation is leading a Nordic project targeting upper-secondary students.

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.

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

2014-09-29 | 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?

The Same Challenges Remain After 40 Years

2014-09-01 | 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.

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.

‘We are working hard just to make the development not go backwards.’

2014-06-04 | The UN will reach its goal of cutting the global rate of extreme poverty in half by 2015. However, the reduction is noted mostly for men. Nordic politicians can play a key role in the work for women’s economic rights, says Gro Lindstad, leader of the Norwegian umbrella organisation FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development.

Sharing the Keys to Sustainable Gender Equality

2014-05-28 | National gender equality objectives cannot be achieved without active contributions by municipalities and county councils, but how do they succeed? As part of a cross-Nordic project, local representatives meet to share successful experiences.

Conference on Men and Masculinity Studies

2014-05-26 | The 4 - 6 June there will be a large Nordic conference in the University of Iceland on men and masculinity studies entitled: Emerging ideas in masculinity research - Masculinity studies in the North.

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.

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

2014-04-28 | 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.

Nordic Protection of Battered Women Relying on Volunteers

2014-04-23 | All Nordic national governments have violence against women on the political agenda. However, many women and children who need protection must still turn to voluntary organisations. The network Nordic Women Against Violence wants to spread awareness among decision-makers and stimulate discussion about women’s shelters.

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.

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.

Nordic conference in June on research on men and masculinities

2014-02-28 | The next Nordic conference on research on men and masculinities is taking place in Iceland this summer. From the 4th to 6th of June, the University of Iceland will be the host of dynamic discussions on topics as varied as global masculinities, men and feminism, confronting sexual violence, masculinity and media, and fatherhood and parental leave, to name a few.

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

2014-02-05 | 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.

Various Routes are Taken in Nordic Equal Opportunities Policy

2013-08-06 | 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.

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