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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.
Number of men in Norwegian childcare has risen fivefold
2018-10-22 | Several Nordic countries have an ambition to increase the number of male childcare workers. Norway has been more successful than the others. Since 1990, the number of men employed in the childcare sector has increased fivefold. At present, nine per cent of all childcare workers are men, which is a significantly higher share than in the other Nordic countries.
Banking on Involved Fathers in the Finance Sector
2018-10-11 | In Denmark, the right to parental leave is regulated by law. However, the exact design and details are largely up to the trade unions and employer organisations to decide together.
The Nordic gender effect goes international
2018-09-17 | Together the five Nordic countries make up one of the world’s most gender-equal regions. But how did they get there? The most important political reforms and experiences are now summarised in five briefs. The series of briefs is part of an effort to ‘export’ Nordic gender equality, and is intended to serve as a tool for countries that want to see more women in the labour market.
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.
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.
Unequal distribution of part-time work and family responsibilities in the Nordic countries
2018-06-07 | In the Nordic countries, part-time work is much more common among women than men. This affects both the gender equality in the labour market and the economic opportunities available to women and men. NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, has compiled the results of three research reports on part-time work into a factsheet reviewing the causes and consequences of part-time work in the Nordic region.
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.
Iceland Discussing Stronger Anti-Discrimination Laws
2018-05-02 | The anti-discrimination laws and victims’ opportunities for redress vary among the Nordic countries. Iceland offers the weakest protection against discrimination. ‘We are 15 years behind,’ says Hugrún R. Hjaltadóttir from Iceland’s Centre for Gender Equality, Jafnréttisstofa.
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).
“When women join forces, then they can’t be ignored”
2018-03-08 | The #MeToo revolution has swept the Nordic region in the past half year. An avalanche of testimonies of sexual harassment has put the issue high on the political agenda, yet the impact of the campaign has varied across the countries. In connection with the International Women’s Day, Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) has discussed the #MeToo movement with some Nordic experts.
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.
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.
Review: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Remains Widespread in the Nordic Countries
2018-01-31 | Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in all Nordic countries. But despite employers' far-reaching responsibilities, reports of violations remain disturbingly common. One problem, say experts, is that the laws are not followed.
Nordic countries divided on the surrogacy issue
2018-01-26 | Surrogacy, or surrogate parenthood, is an intensely discussed topic in the Nordic region, and the countries are divided on the issue. While Iceland has taken a step to allow the method as a treatment for childless people, Sweden is pulling in the opposite direction.
Project explores the neo-liberal turn in the Nordic welfare states
2018-01-16 | The Nordic welfare states have in recent decades been challenged by neo-liberal ideals. How does this affect the gender equality and the status of care work? This will be explored in a new Nordic research project.
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.