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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.
Nordic focus on the gender effect of parental leave at CSW63
2019-03-08 | It’s only when women and men share family responsibilities equally that we can achieve economic gender equality. This is the message of the Nordic ministers for gender equality at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, CSW63. Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will be initiating joint Nordic efforts to reach the UN Agenda 2030’s goal on gender equality.
The world of work tomorrow the focus at Future of Work conference in Reykjavik
2019-02-19 | The Future of Work conference to be held in Iceland in April will take up pressing issues concerning the world of work in the future. The Future of Work is a joint conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers will be hosting the conference, where a large number of international actors in the field will gather in the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre in Reykjavik on 4–5 April.
Applications for funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund
2019-02-07 | On 1 March, applications will open for funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund. Approximately DKK 2 million will be distributed to Nordic gender equality projects in 2019.
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.
Strong focus on Me Too movement during Sweden’s Presidency year
2018-12-19 | The Me Too movement had just erupted when Sweden took over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers one year ago. And its impact has been visible in Nordic cooperation during the year. Sexual harassment has been on the agenda and gender equality has had extra priority. “It’s important now not to lose this momentum,” says Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Lena Hallengren.
Several Project Proposals Submitted in the Wake of MeToo
2018-08-27 | Increased gender equality between parents, in the workplace and among reindeer-herding Sami. These are the objectives of some of the nine projects granted funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund in 2018.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Norway summarises an eventful year in the Nordic cooperation
2017-12-13 | 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.
Almost DKK 3 million to gender equality cooperation!
2017-11-16 | Organisations that for example want to work against gendered educational choices, promote gender equality in the labour market or perhaps organise an expert conference will soon be invited to apply for funding of Nordic cooperation projects in the area of gender equality. Almost DKK 3 million will be allocated from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ gender equality fund.
Men break with the norms to help propel gender equality
2017-10-30 | 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.
Fact sheet release: the public sphere
2017-10-09 | NIKK’s publication of a fact sheet highlighting issues of gender inequality within the public sphere aims to utilise knowledge obtained through Nordic cooperation and shed light on actors and decision makers to achieve the goal of a gender-equal Nordic region.
Focus on work and the labour market in this year’s fund projects
2017-09-19 | How can the integration of migrant women be improved in the labour market? Why are men underrepresented in the health and care sector in the Nordic countries? And how does the design of the parental insurance systems affect the way women and men use them? These are the focus areas of some of the projects that are receiving funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund this year.
Nordic women’s organisations want to strengthen girls’ rights
2017-09-05 | Nordic women’s organisations are troubled by the increasingly common reports of girls in the Nordic countries being sexually harassed in the school environment and other public places. The project titled Full Rights for Girls in the Nordic Countries aims to increase the awareness of the problem.
Gender imbalance persists in Nordic news media
2017-08-24 | The Nordic news media have come a long way when it comes to priorities and legislation in the area of gender equality. However, this is not reflected in an acceptable gender balance in the news media, according to a new report from the Nordic Council of Ministers. Heidi Haggrén coordinated the development of the report, titled “Women and Men in the News”. We asked her a few questions about the findings.
New report sheds light on online hate speech legislation
2017-06-20 | A new report assessing the legal regulation of online hate speech in the Nordic countries from a gender equality perspective will be on 21 June. The question of how online hate speech can be stopped is more urgent than ever in the Nordic countries.
NIKK to contribute to global sustainability goals
2017-06-05 | 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.
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.
How to break the cycle of violence? New report maps the situation in the Nordic region
2017-05-03 | Gender-related violence is a widespread and persistent problem in the Nordic countries. What are the best methods to change the behaviour of the perpetrators and thereby end the violence?
‘One problem is the salaries’
2017-03-14 | 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.
Gender equality in the labour market – a Norwegian focus
2017-01-23 | 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
‘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.
Making Change Towards Gender equality in the Media
2014-12-16 | How can media promote gender equality? What influence can be achieved by activists? How can research contribute to the knowledge about gender equality?
Women’s Occupations Valued Lower than Men’s
2014-12-05 | ‘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.
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.
Dagfinn Høybråten: Together we can fight trafficking more effectively
2014-10-06 | "We must ask ourselves whether we can do more together to fight human trafficking", said the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, at a Nordic-Baltic meeting of the ministers of justice in Copenhagen on 29 August 2014.
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?
Nordic Gender Equality Projects Granted Funding
2014-09-23 | The Nordic Council of Ministers has made its decision about the Nordic Funding Scheme. Funding has been given to 13 activities.
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.
‘Nordic co-operation key to gender equality’
2014-07-02 | The Nordic co-operation is a strong factor behind the Nordic progress in gender equality, says Eygló Harðardóttir, Nordic co-operation minister and Icelandic minister of gender equality. Harðardóttir is participating in Jämställ.nu’s ‘gender equality party’ during the Almedalen Week and will host Iceland’s jubilee conference Sammen om ligestilling i 40 year in late August.
Gender-segregation in Labour Market Leads to Part-time Culture
2014-07-01 | 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.
”It is well established that we treat children differently”
2014-06-27 | Girls and boys are still treated differently, and change will not be possible without a political willingness. Researcher Mia Heikkilä’s message was clear during a Nordic Forum seminar on gender equality work in Nordic schools and preschools.
Ministers under Attack at Nordic Forum
2014-06-26 | 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.
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.
Nordic Network Sharpening Arguments Against Sex Trade
2014-06-10 | Sex trade is a major industry that continuous to flourish worldwide. But the Nordic Network against Sex Trade is not discouraged: Prostitution must stop!
Paternal leave, difference feminism and part-time work discussed in the Faroe Islands
2014-06-05 | 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.
‘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.
Ups and Downs of Being a Woman in Faroese Politics
2014-06-04 | Being the only woman in parliament isn’t always easy. This article is about Karin Kjølbros, who shared her story at a Nordic seminar on politics and gender equality in Torshavn.
NIKK and the Nordic Council of Ministers at the Nordic Forum
2014-06-02 | The Nordic Forum in Malmö 2014 is set to begin next week. The event is the Nordic women’s movement’s big conference for women’s rights, and NIKK will of course be there. See below for information about all the activities that we and the Nordic Council of Ministers will arrange at the conference.
‘The culture we had to overcome was our own editorial office’
2014-05-22 | Sure, we might be more gender equal than many other countries in the world, but women are still under-represented in the media. Also, men hold most leading positions in the media industry. What can we do about it? This was the topic of the Nordic Gender & Media Forum in Bergen, Norway on 7 May.
Power Handbook against Racism in Daily Life
2014-05-21 | In Interfem’s power handbook, anti-racist feminists share their best tools for fighting sexism and racism. A Finnish edition is underway within the framework of a Nordic cooperation project, and more books may be in the pipeline. ‘When the racists organise themselves, we have to do the same thing,’ says Kristin Tran.
Nordic Transport Investments: Are They of Equal Benefit?
2014-05-14 | The Nordic governments are spending significant resources on improving transport solutions, but who is benefitting? A new network of researchers is focusing on the democratic right to mobility.
Girls’ Groups Effective Method against Trafficking
2014-05-07 | In Lithuania, the work with girls’ and boys’ groups has become an important tool in the fight against trafficking. ‘The basic purpose of the method is to strengthen adolescents and start discussions about gender norms,’ says Justina Donielaite, project coordinator at the Åland Islands Peace Institute.
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.
Article Series About Nordic Gender Equality Cooperation
2014-04-08 | A large number of organisations, government agencies, networks and businesses in the Nordic region work actively to further gender equality. They make assessments, contribute to the debate and promote change.
Reports shows failure in decreasing violence
2014-03-12 | The incidence of rape and sexual assaults does not seem to be decreasing despite extensive gender equality work, says researcher Siri Thoresen. Studies from Norway and Sweden show that many rape victims never tell anybody about their experience because of the inherent taboo problem.
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.
Apply for funding for gender equality co-operation
2014-02-25 | The Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality wish to stimulate Nordic co-operation in the area of gender equality within the framework of the Ministers’ co-operation programme and its prioritised action area. They have therefore appointed NIKK to manage the application process for the Nordic Funding Scheme.
Focus on gender equality in the media
2014-02-25 | 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.
Nordic gender equality in New York
2014-02-10 | The Nordic countries have joined forces on gender equality for 40 years. The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality are celebrating this with a number of events in conjunction with the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, which opens on 10 March.
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.
The Nordic film industry remains male dominated
2014-01-31 | 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.
Gender and green growth “the Nordic Way”
2014-01-07 | “Women and men leave different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues and sustainability in different ways. Their preferred means of transport vary, as do their ...
Time to step up. Nordicom launches a new platform for gender equality in the media
2013-12-18 | The media can hinder or hasten the development towards gender equality. Worldwide, only 24 percent of the news subjects are women. In Europe, only one in every ten box office films is directed by a woman and in advertisement and computer games there is an abundance of gender stereotypes. Is there a Nordic way to deal with these issues? Some media organizations in the Nordic Countries has managed better than others, why is that so? Where are the good strategies and the best practices to be found? These are some issues that will be discussed during a number of events during 2014.
Efforts for gender equality get Nordic support
2013-11-25 | Eleven Nordic activities will share 1.2 million Danish crowns. The Nordic Council of Ministers has made its decision about the Nordic funding scheme set up in 2013. A new announcement is coming in 2014.
Give feedback on the upcoming Nordic cooperation on gender equality
2013-11-21 | The Nordic Ministers of Gender Equality will develop a new cooperation program for the years 2015-2018. NIKK have been asked to collect views from organizations and individuals throughout the Nordic countries as a basis for co-operation program.
Different Economic Effects of Part-Time Work for Women and Men
2013-10-22 | 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.
Nordic gender equality cooperation matter of life and death
2013-10-07 | - 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.
Which Nordic country is the most sustainable?
2013-09-17 | The Nordic Council of Ministers has just launched a new database on indicators for sustainability: www.norden.org/sdindicators. The new collection of indicators reflects a number of key challenges for the Nordic welfare societies, the gender pay gap included.