The Nordic Gender Effect at Work: Leadership and equal opportunities at work

In the Nordic countries, women don’t have to make a choice between career and family. Work-life policies pave the way for women in leadership. But still only one in three managers are women. That’s why Nordic companies are working hard to change business culture.

The Nordic Gender Effect at Work: Flexible work arrangements

Flexible working arrangements are key to work-life balance. Nordic companies offer some of the most flexible working hours in Europe. A strong tradition of collective bargaining has resulted in relatively goood working conditions, flexible working hours and right to paid vacation.

The Nordic Gender Effect at Work: Subsidised childcare for all

Affordable and quality childcare is a top Nordic priority. Over 95 per cent of all 3-5-year olds in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland are in some form of childcare. It’s highly subsidised and available to all children – regardless of finances. It’s a key reason so many women are in paid employment in Nordic countries.

The Nordic Gender Effect at Work: Shared and paid parental leave

Nordic dads take more parental leave than anywhere else in the world. But the share of parental leave varies across the Nordic countries. Iceland tops the list with just over 29 percent. Sweden follows close behind. Even Nordic dads could do more. That’s why Nordic countries still work for gender-equal leave.

NIKK talks to Reform about gender equality in the Nordics

Are Saastad is the head of Reform, a Norwegian resource center for men. The Nordic countries have come a long way in achieving gender equality. In this film, Are is giving examples of some of the efforts made in the different countries.

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NIKK talks to Reform about men and gender equality

Hedda Hakvåg is a Senior Advisor at Reform, a Norwegian resource center for men, which has received funding from the Nordic Gender Equality Fund. NIKK has talked to Hedda about the biggest challenges regarding men and gender equality.


Rural realities in the Nordic countries

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 2018, this challenge, as well as strategies to overcome gender inequality, was raised by the Nordic Council of Ministers, with the support of the Nordic Information on Gender. NIKK has produced a film that illustrates problems and offers possible solutions based on the Nordic context.

Nordic collaboration against sexist advertising

Sexist advertising creates unrealistically narrow media images of women and men and the increasing sexualisation of the public space is restricting the range of role models that are available to girls and boys. Nevertheless, Nordic businesses can continue to engage in sexist marketing schemes practically without risking any legal consequences. Therefore, three Nordic organisations have decided to join forces and urge the public to act as a watchdog and report sexist advertising.


Nordic collaboration against online hate speech

Online hate speech, consiting of threats, harassment and sexist remarks on the internet, may silence many voices and is another important issue in the public space. Female journalists are particularly vulnerable. This is a threat to the public debate and thus to the entire democratic system. For the first time ever, the Nordic national discrimination ombudsmen are currently working together in a fund project to end the online hate speech problem


Nordic collaboration for gender equal news media

A key task of the media is to reflect the diversity in society. However, research shows that there are great imbalances among the people who produce and distribute the news we consume. Today’s news media are dominated by men – including in the Nordic countries. the presence of women in the news media seems to actually be decreasing rather than increasing. This knowledge needs to be disseminated so that more newsrooms become aware of the imbalance and of who gets to speak their mind in the news.


The Nordic Gender Equality Fund

The Council’s Gender Equality Fund provides funding for gender equality projects involving at least three organisations from at least three Nordic countries. Every year, the cooperation yields new knowledge and disseminates it across national boundaries. We keep finding solutions together and learning from each other. NIKK administers the fund on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. 


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