In 2017 Norway held the presidency. Norway’s presidency built on the co-operative programme Tillsammans för jämställdhet – ett starkare Norden 2015-2018 (Together for Equality – A Stronger Nordic Region 2015–2018).
Norway’s four main priorities within gender equality during the 2017 presidency:
Work to combat violence
The prevention of domestic violence and protecting the victims of violence are among the themes of Norway’s presidency. Norway hosted a Nordic conference on this topic in November. One of the projects presented there was The implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Nordic countries.
Work to combat hate speech
Hate speech is an attack on individuals and groups. It has major consequences for its victims and for society. Knowledge and methods to combat hate speech are the topics of an international conference that was held in June.
Gender equality in the labour market
Participation in the labour market and the opportunity to provide for oneself is a necessity for gender equality. Gender equality in the labour market is a particular focus during Norway’s presidency.
Norway will hold a major Nordic conference on gender equality in the labour market:
The Future of Employment – Nordic Conference on Gender Equality in the Labour Market, which took place in Oslo on 7 and 8 February 2017. Read more abot the conference below.
Men and gender equality
The participation and involvement of men and boys in work on gender equality is crucial.
The Ministers of Equality in the Nordic countries prioritise three areas: men and health, men and education, and masculinity and the role of men.
Projects and events during 2017
DONE: Project Report and Nordic Conference
Date: Nov. 29-30, 2017
The prevention of domestic violence and protecting the victims of violence are among the themes of Norway’s presidency.
Norway will host a Nordic conference on this topic in November. One of the projects presented here will be The implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Nordic countries.
DONE: Conference on Hate Speech
Date: June 21, 2017
Norway is hosting an international conference on hate speech in Stavanger, on Wednesday 21 of June 2017. Knowledge, experiences and best practices will be presented during the conference.
DONE: The Labour Market of Tomorrow – a Nordic Conference on Gender Equality in the Labour Market
Date: Feb. 7-8, 2017
Location: Thon Hotel Bristol, Oslo, Norway
Representatives from labour unions and employer organisations, centres of expertise and academia, civil society, government administration and politicians, will come together to discuss gender equality in the labour market, including:
- How can we reach our goal of gender equality in the labour market?
- Is gender equality in the labour market a responsibility for management?
- How can we increase the participation of women with an immigrant background in the labour market?
- How can we break free from traditional gender-based educational and career choices?
- How can we encourage increased gender equality in the labour market internationally?
To answer these and many other questions, we have invited politicians, business leaders, labour organisations, researchers and representatives of civil society.
Language: the conference will primarily be held in Scandinavian languages and partly in English. Interpretation to/from Scandinavian-English will be available during the entire conference.