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| March 2016

A slight dip in gender equality in Nordic positions of power

Since last year’s barometer there has been a change of government in Finland and in Denmark. Both resulted in governments with fewer female ministers. As a result Nordic gender equality falls by three points to 64 points. Behind the seemingly slight loss, women particularly in Denmark are facing a real setback in the fight for power.
Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy tema
| March 2016

Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy

Sweden’s feminist government wants to use its foreign policy to promote women’s and girl's rights, representation and resources based on the reality in which they live. What exactly a feminist foreign policy means is hard to define, but the perspective should permeate everything the foreign ministry and the diplomatic missions to.
| March 2016

Commander-in-chief only position of power not yet held by woman

There is only one position of power in the Nordic Labour Journal’s gender equality barometer which no woman has ever held in a Nordic country – the commander-in-chief for a country’s armed forces. And while women have been absent in war, they have been equally ignored in peace negotiations and peace keeping missions.
Gender equality in war and peace Infocus
| March 2016

Gender equality in war and peace

Positions of power are still being conquered for the first time by Nordic women. But the one position of power no woman has yet held is commander-in-chief.
| March 2016

Gender equality important to parents and generals alike

Last year Denmark got its first female leader for the confederation of trade unions, and Norway got its first female chief justice of the supreme court. There are still a few positions of power not yet held by a woman among the 24 which the Nordic Labour Journal measures. But the only position never held by a woman in any Nordic country is commander-in-chief.
Kristin Lund: No shortcuts to gender equality in the armed forces interview
| March 2016

Kristin Lund: No shortcuts to gender equality in the armed forces

Major General Kristin Lund from Norway is the UN’s first female commander of a peacekeeping force. She believes there will be a female commander-in-chief in one of the Nordic countries within four years.
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