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Gender Equality

Articles on gender equality in chronological order.

Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir: The Bishop who is spring cleaning the church

Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir: The Bishop who is spring cleaning the church

Bishop Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir has been sitting in her office in Laugavegur in Reykjavik city centre preparing the Sunday’s sermon in peace and quiet. Now she is sat facing me, answering my questions quietly and to the point. The first question goes straight to the point; what is it like being a bishop?

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The latecomer in gender equality is waking up

Gender equality in Denmark has been falling behind the rest of the Nordic countries, both when it comes to female boardroom representation and paternity leave, but now things are moving forward.

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Not all customers are white men

Not all customers are white men

It is women who decide over most home purchases and their buying power is growing. Yet most products are created with men in mind. This is one of the reasons why Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova’s has created a unique new program which focuses on norm-critical innovation.

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Faith, gender and the Nordic region

Faith, gender and the Nordic region

Magdalena Andersson and Margot Wallström in Sweden’s feminist government lift the country’s position in this year’s gender equality barometer. We focus on the clergy, Danish boardrooms and Sweden’s drive for critical innovation with women in the lead.

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Iceland: fewer take paternity leave

When Iceland introduced paid paternity leave in 2000 it was a huge success. New fathers welcomed the opportunity to stay at home with their children. But the trend has not continued, and fathers’ income opportunities have worsened. Families can no longer afford the cut in earnings.

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Ylva Johansson: Minister for Employment with a feminist agenda

Ylva Johansson: Minister for Employment with a feminist agenda

Her ambitions are clear: youth unemployment is priority number one. Second on the list is to match jobseekers and jobs. She wants to improve working conditions in female-dominated workplaces and she will fight for more social rights within the EU.

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Social Europe under pressure

Social Europe under pressure

There’s a conflict between the EU’s social ambitions and national autonomy, not least when it comes to the labour market, Sweden’s newly elected Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson told a seminar in Stockholm on 22 October.

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Kvinfo Director: The Nordics can’t afford not to be gender equal

Kvinfo Director: The Nordics can’t afford not to be gender equal

Modern gender equality must liberate both sexes, and the Nordic region must be at the forefront of this. It is too expensive not to, says Nina Groes, Director at the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, Kvinfo.

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Feminists, but also masculinists

Feminists, but also masculinists

The Nordic region has cooperated on gender equality for 40 years. It has been of great importance for equality’s progress and has improved the lives of Nordic citizens, said Eygló Harðardóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Equality during the anniversary celebrations in Iceland on 26 August. Where is the debate today? Is there a need for a new equality narrative?

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Iceland a step closer to equal pay

Iceland a step closer to equal pay

A new voluntary equal pay standard is bringing Iceland one step closer to equal pay and cements Iceland’s leadership when it comes to gender equality.

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Ólafía Rafnsdóttir: Women needed in the wage rate decision process

Ólafía Rafnsdóttir: Women needed in the wage rate decision process

Iceland is known internationally for its strong female leaders, but men have been the ones deciding wage rates. Ólafía B. Rafnsdóttir became the first female President in 122 years of Iceland’s trade union for commercial workers, VR, when she was elected last year.

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Women strongest in times of change

Nordic countries have cooperated on gender equality for 40 years. Now it’s paying off. The Nordic Labour Journal’s gender equality barometer shows Norway is a world leader in equality. For the first time ever, women and men have an equal share of positions of power.

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Norway lifts Nordic gender equality

Norway lifts Nordic gender equality

For the first time ever a Nordic country has reached full gender equality in the Nordic Labour Journal’s gender equality barometer. The barometer reflects the gender balance in 24 different positions of power in the Nordic societies. After a change of government last autumn, Norway has now reached 22 points. 20 points is needed for full gender equality.

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Gender equality at the top influences the entire organisation

Gender equality at the top influences the entire organisation

“If we want to be a sustainable company we need mixed leadership groups on all levels. We have no credibility if we have only men in management. We also see how it has a positive influence on the entire organisation and that it has become more fun to work,” says Anette Segercrantz, head of human resources at Storebrand, which comprises the Swedish pensions provider and consultancy firm SPP.

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Manu Sareen: gender equality is key to integration

Manu Sareen: gender equality is key to integration

Denmark is about to face the lack of gender equality in ethnic minority communities head on. The Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Manu Sareen, sees young immigrants beginning to rise up against the unequal treatment of girls and boys. He encourages everyone to join in.

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The threat of quotas

Norway and Iceland have already introduced them and now boardroom gender quotas are rolling out across Europe.

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Italy chooses women in times of crisis

Italy chooses women in times of crisis

Half of Italy’s new government ministers are women. What impact will that have on a country with Europe’s lowest female employment rate? Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promises change. He wants immediate reforms and to get the economy going. Yet so far the boardroom quota legislation seems to be having the greatest impact on gender equality.

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40 years of Nordic gender equality cooperation

40 years of Nordic gender equality cooperation

There are two ways to compare different countries’ gender equality policies. You could look at the number of women reaching power or you could look at current policies. The two don’t necessarily tell the same story.

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The salary gap: a stain on Finland’s reputation

The salary gap: a stain on Finland’s reputation

When it comes to female representation in business and politics, Finland is a leader in the EU in a range of fields. The Ombudsman for Equality, Pirkko Mäkinen, is particularly pleased with the fact that Finland has better female representation in boardrooms than any other EU country - 27 percent - without having to use gender quotas.

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The 2014 Icelandic Presidency: focus on masculinity

Iceland takes over the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers from next year, during which time the Council will focus on labour market issues, men and masculinity as well as ways of removing border obstacles between the Nordic countries.

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