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Developing training program to support LGBTI+ wellness in school

While Nordic countries are generally at the forefront of legislation and welfare to improve LGBTI+ rights, school environments are witnessing regression and a rise of hate speech and violence.

Vulnerable LGBTI+ children and young people, particularly where living in small rural communities where specialist care is generally unavailable, are disproportionately impacted by greater homogeneity and intersectional issues.

This Nordic collaboration will contribute to the greater success of LGBTI+ students by giving teachers and school staff access to education to combat student prejudice, exclusion, and marginalisation.

It provides an information forum to increase knowledge, attend courses, gain counselling, share news, and access material from a database of videos, electronic courses, podcasts, discussions on closed websites and advice. It enables connection with other school professionals in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Sweden, and the resulting online toolkit will be a lasting legacy.

LGBTQI senior issues in the Nordic countries

There is very little documented knowledge about the living conditions of older LGBTI people in the Nordic countries. Older LGBTI people who are actively engaged in the LGBTI movement are also underrepresented. Knowledge of the needs of older LGBTI people is often non-existent among health and social care staff. Despite common challenges, there is little co-operation between the Nordic countries on LGBTI and ageing.

Through a physical conference, we will gather experts, professionals and representatives from the target group from all Nordic countries and the autonomous regions. The conference will result in a network where LGBTI organisations and other relevant actors can exchange knowledge and experiences of bringing together older LGBTI people, collaborate and support each other in working towards the inclusion of the LGBTI perspective in political processes relevant specifically to older people. It will also provide an opportunity for the organisations to jointly speak out as a Nordic network on related issues and processes in society at Nordic, EU and UN level.

Trans, labour market, wallet

The project aims to produce equality data for trans people and people with trans experience, focusing on the situation in the labour market and personal finances. A study will be carried out in two stages: a large quantitative survey with a follow-up qualitative study to deepen the results. The study will also highlight variations within the group, which is often wrongly analysed as a more uniform group than it is.

By making visible the consequences of discrimination for transgender people at the societal level, actors who design and implement policies regarding the labour market, social measures and discrimination can have better opportunities to design targeted measures for transgender people.

The results of the study, including statistics and analyses, are presented in a report. It will be made available online to the public, researchers, authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The results are also disseminated at a final conference in 2024, which also serves as a basis for continued networking in the area between the collaborating NGOs.

Decolonial Pedagogies: Practices of solidarity in the Nordic Region

The ‘Decolonial Pedagogies’ project brings scholars and educators in the Nordic region working towards decolonial pedagogies and feminist knowledge production together through a 2-day conference and a 1-day curated workshop in Reykjavík, Iceland. The conference will invite scholars in the field, from Iceland, Sápmi, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Collectively, invited experts and scholars will bring years of academic and pedagogical expertise to the project.

Providing a space to exchange and develop decolonial pedagogical approaches, this project aims to build trust, solidarity, and inclusive learning communities in the Nordic region. The conference’s focus is to allow Nordic scholars to collaborate on decolonial feminist approaches across borders. The presentations will be workshopped and published in an edited, peer-reviewed, collection, which will disseminate insights from intra-Nordic collaboration on decolonial pedagogies.  

Nordic-German trade union project on equal pay for equal work

The project with start in 2023 aims to give an overview on the existing gender pay inequalities and on the current strategies to reach pay equity in the five Nordic countries and Germany. By gathering actors at the Nordic level and with an international perspective from Germany the project aims to gather relevant knowledge and competence and create a solid overview with a focus on what different actors involved in the labour market can do to achieve equal pay for equal work 

The project is planned as an interview study and case study with examples and will result in a report. Based on identified best practice examples from the participating countries, the report will also include recommendations on possible measures on how to support the work in achieving equal pay for equal work.  

The report will be launched in 2024 at a conference and spread to relevant Nordic, German and European target groups. The project seeks to inspire and presenting possible ways by showing how other countries are working on achieving equal pay for equal work. 

What are the Nordic countries doing to combat documented sexual exploitation online?

Young people in the Nordics are spending more and more time online, where they come into contact with pornography that contains violence and humiliation and contributes to the perpetuation of stereotypes about women’s and men’s bodies and sexuality. 

This project will map and evaluate laws and other measures taken in the Nordic countries to counteract the societal harm of online pornography as part of the fight against men’s violence against women. 

The survey will result in a report and associated dissemination activities. 

With this, the applicants want to contribute to producing new and increased knowledge that can form the basis for developing policies and other initiatives in the Nordics and beyond. 

In this way, the project may contribute to policy development that will ultimately help to make Nordic girls’ and boys’ relationships, well-being and everyday life online safer and healthier.


Workplace sexual harassment in the hospitality sector from an intersectional perspective

The project aims to explore hospitality workers’ experiences of sexual harassment in Nordic workplaces and to understand how the intersectionality of identities and social locations impacts workers’ perceptions and experiences of harassment. A focus on LGBTQI+ individuals, migrant workers, and men – groups often excluded from sexual harassment research – will extend understanding of harassment in hospitality workplaces and allow workers to suggest measures that might mitigate the occasions and impact of sexual harassment in the hospitality sector.

Using participatory research methods and semi-structured interviews, workers in Sweden, Iceland and Norway will contribute to the research and the outcomes will be used to inform industry stakeholders about ways in which workers see sexual harassment can be combatted effectively.


Gender Talks in Sápmi

The project will promote an inclusive social debate in Sápmi and strengthen existing Sami leadership and work on gender equality issues in Sápmi through targeted discussion forums and lectures arranged physically and digitally aimed at Sami people in current leading positions, young people and Sami organisations. The project will also contribute to a better knowledge base on measures for increased gender equality in Sápmi, and research needs on gender equality by compiling existing knowledge and identifying and highlighting knowledge gaps based on the organised discussions.

The project will contribute to:

  • that gender equality issues are actively discussed and debated by Sami organisations and Sami political forums
  • increased knowledge of the current situation in Sápmi regarding gender equality 
  • identify needs for action as well as knowledge gaps and prioritised research areas
  • provide recommendations on how Sami organisations can work more actively on gender equality issues.

Women in Nordic ITS (WIN-ITS)

The transport and tech industries are two sectors that are currently unequal. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is an umbrella term for information technologies used to improve and develop the transport system in a sustainable way.ITS services can be used across borders and facilitate the movement of people between countries. 

The development of physical and digital structures in the transport system creates conditions, both physical and mental, for the mobility of today’s travellers as well as future generations. Against this background, it is central to take a gender equality and sustainability approach to the development of the transport system. 

The main purpose of the project is to build a long-term cooperation between ITS organisations in the Nordic countries, which in turn aims to promote a gender-equal and sustainable transport system. Within the framework of the project, representation and the norms governing ITS in the Nordic countries will also be studied. Recommendations for future work will be proposed.

Gender diversity in the Nordic energy sector 2024

Nordic Energy Equality Network (NEEN) and co-applicants will conduct a statistical study on gender diversity in the Nordic energy sector, following up on “Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector” from 2021. The aim is to collect updated data on women’s positions, decision-making power, and how they are experiencing working in the sector.

The project will:

  1. build a Nordic barometer tracking the role women play in the sector based on gender diversity surveys in the Nordic energy sector,
  2. develop “Spotlight” analyses focusing on the main takeaways from the barometer and develop recommendations,
  3. continue to raise awareness for the promotion of gender equality & diversity in the sector through:
    1. an open Nordic launch event where we present key findings and give a voice to emblematic speakers for gender diversity in energy,
    1. participate at relevant events in the Nordics and Europe,
  4. expand the Nordic women energy expert list NEEN launched in 2020.

NEEN believes that the sustainable energy transition is far too important to only be decided upon by a small section of society within the economy and technology field. A Nordic barometer tracking progress in this field is key for a future, sustainable society as numbers speak volumes.

Updated 12 December 2023