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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.

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.

“Managers must take responsibility when sexual harassment occurs”

2018-11-06 | The #MeToo movement shifted the spotlight from the victims of sexual harassment to the perpetrators. But what does the management of a company do when it happens? This is the question addressed in a new Nordic report on sexual harassment in working life.

Iceland Trails Other Nordic Countries in LGBTQ Rights

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

Students Who Make Untraditional Career Choices Will Receive Better Support

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

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.

New website acknowledges female Nordic filmmakers

2017-11-07 | The contributions of women in the film industry are often marginalised. Therefore, the Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm University, the National Library of Norway and the University of Copenhagen have decided to bring attention to the contributions of female film workers in the Nordic countries by launching a new website titled Nordic Women in Film.

New Online Hate Crime Legislation May End Up Ineffective

2017-08-31 | How can the internet be made safer for vulnerable groups? Laws can influence norms, but the problem will not be solved by merely making it easier to take online haters to court.

New Swedish gender equality agency opening next year

2017-08-14 | 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.

‘The talk about marginalisation gives a skewed picture’

2017-06-12 | 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.’

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.

‘Seriously, nothing is happening’

2017-02-09 | 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.

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?

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.

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.

Genusjobb goes GenderJob

2016-08-15 | 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.

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.

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.

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?

Nordic Feminists Want to Put Racism on the Agenda

2016-03-04 | Nordic feminism is in need of renewal. It needs to become more inclusive and the large feminist organisations need to take on the issue of racism, says Zakia Khan from Interfem, who represents a new anti-racist feminist network.

Difficult to identify Nordic investments in gender equality research

2016-03-03 | Gender equality is often mentioned as a strength and an important export of the Nordic countries. Yet neither the Research Council of Norway nor Norwegian and Finnish researchers think that enough funding is granted for research in the field. ‘There’s an interest, but the money granted for research projects is too limited in relation to the total research budgets,’ says Marjut Jyrkinen, Research Director at the University of Helsinki.

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.

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.

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.

Abortion Hot Topic in Nordic Countries

2015-10-28 | Should healthcare workers be able to refuse carrying out abortions? This question is under debate in several Nordic countries. In Finland, supporters of a citizen initiative have gathered 68 000 signatures, and now the issue is being discussed in the parliament.

Closed Appointment Procedures Increase Gender Imbalances in Academia

2015-10-07 | Danish researcher Mathias Wullum Nielsen has studied gender equality in the academic world – for example how the discourse, practice and implemented measures differ between the Scandinavian countries. In an article recently published in Nature, he writes about the problem of appointing academics without an open call for applications.

Users of Special Transport Services Face Suspicion

2015-05-13 | Individuals applying for publicly subsidised special transport services reserved for individuals with mobility-limiting conditions have to pass an extensive assessment battery. A new doctoral thesis exploring the legal landscapes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden points out that this runs contrary to the purpose of the service – to facilitate people’s autonomy and independence.

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?

Sweden Expands Gender Mainstreaming Programme

2015-03-09 | 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.

Many Cooks in the Gender Equality Kitchen

2015-02-05 | 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.

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.

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.

Sami-Greenlandic Project for Gender Equality

2014-12-18 | Problems with violence and addictions are often swept under the carpet. Especially in small communities where everybody knows each other. Now Sami and Greenlandic women’s organisations are joining forces to address these troubling issues in their communities.

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?

Law and Order in Focus for new Gender Equality Project

2014-12-15 | Gender equality through legislation is the topic of discussion when Nordic researchers meet in Umeå, Sweden. The legislative approach has proved successful in the Nordic region, but not all countries have chosen the same path.

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.

Nordic Network Strengthening Gender Equality in Municipalities

2014-12-10 | When municipalities in the Nordic countries get together and share experiences about how they work with gender equality, it is to the benefit of the citizens they serve. Municipal representatives have formed a Nordic network that meets regularly. The network receives support from the Nordic Funding Scheme for Gender Equality, which Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) is administering.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

Nordic Network for Gender Equality Certification in Education

2014-11-14 | A gender equality certification for schools and preschools mainstreams gender equality work to education. It will encourage teachers and other school staff in their gender equality work, says researcher Mervi Heikkinen. Heikkinen is leading a new Nordic network of researchers and teachers.

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.

Sure Boys can Write!

2014-10-20 | Pojkar kan visst skriva! – sure boys can write! – is the title of Katharina Andersson’s doctoral thesis, where she studies what school children actually can do instead of looking for their weaknesses. By analysing only boys’ writing, their abilities could be assessed and interpreted without comparing them with girls.

Full-time Work Too Overwhelming?

2014-08-18 | Family life is not the only reason women choose to work part time. Stress in the workplace also matters.

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!

‘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.

Men are Dominating Nordic Media

2014-05-26 | While the Nordic countries are internationally renowned for their progress in gender equality, most top management positions in the media and communication industry are held by men. Printed news media is one example, as 58–100 per cent of all editors-in-chief are men. These and other figures can be found in a new fact sheet from Nordicom and Nordic Information on Gender – NIKK.

‘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.

Climate Change Affecting Gender Equality in the Arctic

2014-04-30 | Climate change and growing industries have changed people’s lives in the Nordic and Russian Arctic. What happens to the gender equality when traditional subsistence methods are phased out? This is the focus of a new project involving researchers across the region.

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.

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.

Our Future Relies on the Work of Women

2014-04-07 | 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.

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.

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.

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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