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Gender Equality

Articles on gender equality in chronological order.

ILO report: Big difference in view of working women between Nordics and Eastern Europe

ILO report: Big difference in view of working women between Nordics and Eastern Europe

Women in the Nordic countries participate in the labour market to a greater degree than in any other country, and there are many good examples to be found here. But some glass ceilings remain unbroken, concluded the conference “Global Dialogue on Gender in the World of Work” which was held in Helsinki in late November.

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Nordic countries are trailblazers, but few women reach top positions

Nordic countries are trailblazers, but few women reach top positions

Women in the Nordic countries participate in the labour market to a greater degree than in any other country. But some glass ceilings remain unbroken, concluded the conference “Global Dialogue on Gender in the World of Work” which was held in Helsinki in late November.

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Nordic men blind to women’s working life challenges

The Nordic countries stand out with higher levels of well-being than anywhere else in the world, explained by the fact that women are expected to be active in the labour market and make an important contribution to household income. Yet men do not understand that women are facing a harder time in the labour market than themselves.

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Where gender equality fits into the ILO’s future of work

Where gender equality fits into the ILO’s future of work

How do you close the pay gap and create a less gender-divided labour market? The answer does not lie in the past. Gender divisions in the Nordic labour markets have been nearly static since the 1970s and global data from the ILO shows shockingly little movement. So what is needed? That is what the discussion about gender equality in the future labour market is about. Does Iceland have the solution?

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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.

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Gender equality in war and peace

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.

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

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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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.

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Defining Sweden's feminist foreign policy

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.

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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.

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Three Swedish initiatives for increased gender equality

It calls itself ‘the world’s first feminist government’, and with three new initiatives the Swedish government shows it is living up to the name: A more equal occupational injury insurance system, a review of parental benefits to ensure it creates a more equal situation for both parents and finally there will be a strengthening of the discrimination act.

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I am incredibly thankful for part time work!

I am incredibly thankful for part time work!

35 year old Cecilie Enevold has gone part time in order to spend more time with her two small children. That was a difficult but correct decision, she says.

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Danish parents want Swedish part time conditions

Danish parents want Swedish part time conditions

The Danish gender equality debate is on fire. A large majority of Danes think parents of small children should have a right to work part time, but the trade unions, the government and feminists disagree.

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Iceland's Confederation of Labour turns 100 in a more equal labour market

ASÍ - the Icelandic Confederation of Labour - is 100 years old this year. The anniversary is being celebrated with music and conferences in four different locations in Iceland in March. During this anniversary year one authority, one organisation or one company will probably be certified for Iceland's new equal wage standard.

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Finland’s Anne Berner: We must not loose the right to Nordic freedom of movement

Finland’s Anne Berner: We must not loose the right to Nordic freedom of movement

It has been eight months since business woman Anne Berner became a minister in Finland’s new centre right Sipilä government. She plans to stay in politics for one term, which means she has no more than three years and four months to implement her plans. And she has her plans laid out.

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Has EU gender equality policy lost its momentum?

Has EU gender equality policy lost its momentum?

Yes, reckons Finnish researcher Johanna Kantola. The EU Court of Justice, meanwhile, is having a positive impact through judgements which could also have major consequences in the Nordic region, according to Kirsten Ketscher, Professor of Social Security and Welfare at the University of Copenhagen.

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Norway’s female boardroom quotas: what has been the effect?

Norway’s female boardroom quotas: what has been the effect?

Eight years after Norway introduced the law on gender equality in boardrooms, there are zero female CEOs in the country’s 60 largest companies. Mari Teigen and other researchers have written a book about why the boardroom quota system has had such a small “contagious” effect.

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Editorial: More than pink — it’s about power

For the fifth year running the Nordic Labour Journal publishes the gender equality barometer. The division of power in the Nordic region is better than ever, but not across the board. This year we focus on religious societies, generally ruled by men. Nordic churches are different, with women as top bishops in Iceland, Norway and Sweden. But does power equal authority?

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The Nordic region became a bit more equal this year

The Nordic region became a bit more equal this year

Never before has there been more gender equality in the Nordic countries when it comes to positions of power within politics and working life, according to the Nordic Labour Market’s barometer.

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The importance of gender equality in religious societies

The importance of gender equality in religious societies

The really big symbolic changes sometimes happen without people noticing. The church in three of the five Nordic countries now has a woman as its highest leader. Compared to the rest of the world, this is where the Nordic region is now top when it comes to gender equality.

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