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Gender equality education in upper secondary school


The interest in feminism and gender equality is rising across the Nordic region. The Nordic Forum in Malmö 2014 attracted 30 000 guests from all Nordic countries. However, there is still a need for more knowledge about gender equality and the national and international commitments that the Nordic countries have made for gender equality. The project A Gender Equal Nordic Region aimed to take advantage of the engagement and knowledge that the Nordic Forum resulted in, with the target group consisting of adolescents in upper secondary school.

Educational material including a teacher’s guide was developed within the project. The material was based on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, the conclusions from the Nordic Forum and other information and facts about gender equality. The material was initially introduced in ten upper secondary schools in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, but was eventually distributed to all 1 124 upper secondary schools in Sweden, 33 in Iceland and 150 in Denmark. A launch conference was held in Reykjavik. The work to further disseminate the material in the Nordic countries has continued after the project period.