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“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.

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.

‘The media’s legal responsibilities need to be clarified’

2017-05-18 | A large part of the public debate takes place on social media, and the environment can be quite aggressive. The media’s legal responsibility when it comes to hate speech, insults and other violations is unclear. A seminar on moderation of online comments and discussions will be held in late May.

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?

‘We must create a society where women’s attire doesn’t matter’

2017-04-28 | The issue of restricting women’s wearing of veils is currently being debated in the Nordic countries. In Denmark, the tone of the debate is rather fierce. In Sweden, many women are reporting verbal attacks and harassment. Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) talked to one woman from each Nordic country about people’s attitudes to the veil issue and what changes will be necessary to enable women to wear veils freely and without judgement.

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

2017-04-11 | 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.

Feminist Parties Moving Forward in the Nordic Countries

2017-04-04 | Feminist political parties are enriching the political environment in an increasing number of Nordic countries. On Sunday, the Finnish Feminist Party will participate in the country’s municipal elections. The asylum issue and basic rights of refugees are high on their agenda.

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?

Funding for research on gender equality in academia

2016-11-10 | The Nordic countries often find themselves at the very top of international gender equality rankings. But when it comes to the share of women at the higher levels in academia, the Nordic countries place right around the European average. Nordforsk, an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers, has granted NOK 41.8 million to two research projects aiming to change this.

Different paths to gender equality in Nordic academia

2016-11-01 | The higher the level in the academic hierarchy, the fewer the women. Several campaigns to increase the gender equality in academia are now underway in the Nordic countries.

Human Trafficking Calls for International Collaboration

2016-10-25 | Human trafficking has taken new forms and is placing new demands on legal systems. This week, experts from the Nordic countries are meeting to learn from each other.

Nordic Laws Against Online Threats And Hate Speech Analysed

2016-10-19 | Hate speech and sexism on the internet is a growing problem in the Nordic region. What legal protection can the victims expect? NIKK has launched a new project to review the applicable legislations in the Nordic countries.

Genital Mutilation in Focus at Nordic Conference

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

The design of parental insurance influences men’s use of it

2016-10-10 | Nordic dads take more parental leave than the world average. What are the reasons for this? A new fact sheet from NIKK explains what the parental insurance systems look like in the Nordic countries, and how the design affects fathers’ use of the right to parental leave. The fact sheet also sheds light on how the system rules can be complex or even dysfunctional for parents who do not conform to the heterosexual nuclear family norm.

Nordic summer school with focus on girl studies

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

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.

Upswing for Gender Research Following the Arab Spring

2016-03-31 | Arab gender research has seen a breakthrough and today almost all universities have their own centres for women’s studies or gender studies. An Arab-Nordic project has strengthened the connection between researchers in the two regions.

Lack of Legal Security for Victims of Online Violence

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

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

2016-03-08 | Today is International Women's Day. To mark it NIKK and genus.se have asked activists, researchers and debaters from different continents to share their most important feminist issue. Read their responses below.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Policewomen mobilise against trafficking

2015-10-01 | Human trafficking is a crime that transcends national boundaries. The Nordic-Baltic Network of Policewomen wants to expand the cooperation against gender-related violence. Next week they will meet in Riga to discuss strategies.

‘Hate Speech Scares Women Away from the Public Debate’

2015-08-11 | The sexism in everyday life and internet-based harassment is receiving attention at the Nordic level. If women are scared away from participating in the public debate, society has a democracy problem, says Kira Appel, chair of the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality.

Gender Quotas for Diversity in Leadership

2015-06-09 | 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.

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.

Gender Researchers Sorting Out the Lingo

2015-04-09 | 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?

’We Demand That Employers Stop Breaking the Law!’

2015-03-27 | ‘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.

Exploited Foreign Women Lacking Support in Law

2015-03-26 | Women from foreign countries who come to Norway and Sweden to form families with Norwegian and Swedish men lack support if they become victims of domestic violence. This was the theme of the conference Kvinnor och barn i rättens gränslan – women and children in the legal borderland – arranged 17 March in Oslo.

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

2015-03-23 | 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.

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.

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.

Debate on sex purchase legislation keeps simmering

2015-02-17 | The sex purchase legislation is subject to ongoing debate in the Nordic region. Critics in Sweden say that the law has had undesired effects, such as making the sellers of sex more vulnerable. Yet a Norwegian study shows that the sex purchase law overall has had positive results.

’The Nordic countries need more Feminist Initiatives!’

2015-02-10 | 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.

Nordic Women’s Network for Economic Gender Equality

2015-01-22 | 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.

‘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?

New Network for Men’s Gender Equality Work

2014-12-11 | Men’s engagement in the gender equality work makes the Nordic countries stand out internationally. ‘Many people see us as more radical,’ says Tomas Agnemo, coordinator of the new Nordic branch of the MenEngage network. The network gathers Nordic organisations focusing on men, masculinities and gender equality.

Supporting Women in Prostitution Through Nordic-Baltic Cooperation

2014-12-09 | Sex should not be for sale. This is the basic premise of exit prostitution programmes. A new Nordic-Baltic project wants to open the door out of the sex industry.

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

2014-12-02 | ‘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.

New minister: the Nordic region is a central actor in the international arena

2014-11-27 | The Nordic countries have extensive experience with gender equality work and therefore play a central role internationally, says Sweden’s new gender equality minister Åsa Regnér. ‘If we in the Nordic region don’t push the important issues related to sexual and reproductive health, nobody else will. It’s that simple.’

Better Mentors With a New Nordic Network

2014-11-17 | Many organisations and government agencies have implemented mentorship programmes, but a good forum where the method can be developed further has been lacking. ‘We want to change that,’ says Goro Ree-Lindstad at the Norwegian Centre for Equality.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Conditions of Women in War and Conflict – Time for the Nordic Countries to Act

2014-04-10 | Women tend to suffer greatly in war and conflict, and men usually set the agenda when rebuilding communities. It is time for the Nordic countries to stand up in the work for a just peace process, says the Swedish organisation Operation 1325.

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.

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.

Mixed signals in Nordic prostitution policy

2013-11-14 | In Norway condoms are distributed to prostitutes, while in Sweden this runs counter to its zero-tolerance policy. The idea of a common Nordic model for dealing with prostitution is not reflected in practice.

Nordic Gender Equality Policy Has Been Europeanised

2013-09-25 | Gender equality policy in the Nordic countries has been influenced by the EU and become more focused on anti-discrimination and strengthening of human rights. This is the view of Johanna Kantola, researcher, who recently spoke at a conference at Stockholm University.

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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