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Major challenges await Greenland’s new minister for gender equality
2018-06-14 | Greenland has a new gender equality minister after this spring’s early election, and the gender equality issues have been transferred to a new ministry. Yet gender equality did not dominate the pre-election debate, despite substantial needs in the area.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Nordic meeting on gender equality in the public space
2017-12-07 | The sexualisation of the public space, hate speech, the #MeToo campaign and the need for physical meetings in the Nordic cooperation. These were some of the topics discussed when Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) arranged a networking meeting for projects that have received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ gender equality fund.
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 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.
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.
Nordic networks initiate a discussion about gender norms
2017-02-16 | Young boys are repeatedly exposed to extreme gender ideals in films and advertisements. Men are often portrayed as strong lone wolves with a preference for violence as a means to solve problems. The Nordic MenEngage network wants to initiate a discussion about gender norms, change the stereotypical male norm and stop the violence. Today they are hosting a conference in Oslo.
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?
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.
Finnish Gender Equality Programme Faces Critique
2016-05-18 | The Finnish government’s new gender equality programme is being criticised by the country’s gender equality experts. The programme, which points out the goals for the next four years, is described as a disappointment. ‘The most important issues are not included,’ says gender researcher Hanna Ylöstalo from The Finnish Youth Research Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
’This type of violence is a failure of society’
2015-04-21 | Every time an already vulnerable person is violated, it’s a failure of society, says Maria Montefusco, project manager at the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues, when asked about the background of the Nordic project Gender-based Violence against People with Disabilities.
Increased Risk of Violence for people with Norm-breaking Functional Capacity
2015-04-21 | ‘In order to prevent violence against women with disabilities, we need to increase the status of this group in society,’ says Icelandic researcher Hrafnhildur S. Gunnarsdóttir. A Nordic project is finding the best ways to prevent the violence.
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.
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.
What’s the most important feminist issue right now?
2015-03-06 | What’s the most important feminist issue right now? And what needs to be done? Since Sunday is International Women’s Day, NIKK asked researchers, politicians, activists and debaters from across the Nordic region. Read their responses below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
The Nordic Countries Stand United Against Violence
2014-10-23 | Zero tolerance for gender-based violence is a theme identified by the Nordic Council of Ministers as particularly important in the Nordic gender equality work. As a result, conference participants from across the Nordic region met in late September in Iceland to discuss how men’s violence against women can be prevented.
‘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.
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.
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!
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.
Methods to Prevent Domestic Violence not Always Used
2014-03-31 | Structured efforts to combat violence in close relationships may save lives, but a lot of work remains to be done in the Nordic countries. The prevention methods that have proved to be successful are often not used, says Helena Ewalds, who has led a Nordic project on risk assessment in domestic violence cases.
Requesting a broader approach to gender equality in the Nordic countries
2014-03-19 | The Nordic gender equality cooperation should not be limited to gender, but should also consider aspects such as ethnicity and sexual orientation. This is a recurring view in the questionnaire responses recently submitted to NIKK by 89 organisations and 389 individuals from all Nordic countries.
Gender research ensures the quality of European institute
2014-03-17 | The European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE, has great interest in strengthening relations with the scientific community. Therefore gathered EIGE in February 40 participants from institutions involved in research and research dissemination across Europe. NIKK was one of the participants.
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.
European Parliament wants to punish the clients of prostitution
2014-02-27 | EU countries should reduce the demand for prostitution by punishing the clients, not the prostitutes, says Parliament in a non-binding resolution passed on 26 February.
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 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.
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.