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Sami women and sustainable development goal 5: Strategies for gender equality

With the objectives of gender equality and diversity in Sápmi, the project aims to develop the gender equality policy for Sami people and the majority societies in order to strengthen democracy through participation and to contribute to knowledge and changes in attitudes.

The project has two objectives:

1. Creation of a community for discussion about the modern Sami woman’s needs and a platform for motivation and developing know-how, through workshops in the Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish/Russian parts of Sápmi, and

2. Empowering of Sami grassroot women who develop a gender equality strategy and plan in Sápmi.

Young voices for gender equality in the Nordic countries

The project aims to promote young people’s ownership of the gender equality issue as a driving force for a sustainable Nordic region. Nordic youth and student organisations will be recruited to the project, where key actors for gender equality and innovation take part.

Through the Design Thinking method and norm critical perspective the young people will be challenged to produce specific solutions related to the global sustainable development goals (Agenda 2030) – based on their perspective of equality, gender norms, democracy, segregated education and professional choices, digitalisation, climate change and diversity as value creators. The activities are connected through two networking sessions and a workshop in order to prepare the networking sessions.

Young parents, parental leave and gender equality

The project will produce a Nordic overview of on the socio-economic patterns and cultural aspects of parental leave take-up by young parents under 30 years of age, as well as the consequences of these patterns for gender equality in the labour market and in family life. The project will indicate risks of marginalisation of young mothers and fathers, and map how parental leave policies in the various countries are addressing the situation.

An overview report will be produced with research findings and statistics from each country. The results will be disseminated in a seminar. Youth and student NGOs are invited to participate in the gathering of information for the report, as well as in the discussion of the results in the seminar.

Based on the findings of the overview, a research article will be prepared to be published in a scientific journal. The overview is also expected to lead to further applications to produce new research on the take-up and consequences of parental leave by young people.

The project will provide a more nuanced, age-specific understanding of the possibilities and obstacles of gender equality among young parents in the Nordic countries. The similarities and differences in different countries provide valuable input and inspiration for future policies and good practice in promoting a more equal sharing of leave also among young parents, reducing the obstacles of childbearing and improving the wellbeing of young mothers, fathers and their children.

Nordic cooperation in equality work with a focus on masculinity

The project deepened the Nordic cooperation within methods, material development and networking within gender equality work with a focus on masculinity.

Through a two-day inter-Nordic meeting on arranged by Ekvalita and DareGender worked on method and material development to support work within the Nordic nations on a broad front.

20 representatives from various organisations that already carry out important work relating to masculinity around the Nordic region were invited. The project carryined out concrete and dynamic work in connection with issues such as violence, models for bringing up young people, sex education and discussions on pornography and masculinity.

Extremely valuable work is already being carried out in the Nordic region to create a more empathic, responsible and mature model for manliness, and the project brought this work to new levels within the Nordic nations.

More information is available in the Material and Methodology Bank

Understanding gender inequality among caregivers in aging sector in Nordic countries

The project is aimed at promoting new knowledge that contribute to the enhancement of gender equality among caregivers in the aging sector. The purpose of this project is to develop a broader network through two workshops, and to conduct a small-scale study. The participants will contribute to the gathering of existing knowledge on women as caregivers in elderly service sector suffer from inequality and social injustices from diverse perspectives; how women’s career path as care service providers and the value of the job are apparently inconsistent; how low salary and early retirement  interact with each other, and provide an unequal situation for women caregivers at the end of their career, which apparently affect their socio-economic status; how policies prevailed in labor market interplay in Nordic welfare model when other job sectors are compared?

The project will develop a common understanding, and a methodology to address the issues presented above, identify concrete gaps, and specific socio-cultural challenges in given contexts. The results of the workshops will be used to produce a short report.

Intra-Nordic workshop on SOGIE refugees

People who flee persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression (SOGIE) constitute a particularly vulnerable group of migrants in both asylum and integration processes.

During a two-day workshop at the Nordic House in Reykjavik, experts from all of the Scandinavian countries came together to discuss the prospects of researching SOGIE asylum and integration processes, including the mapping of existing data, analyzing relevant policies, examining the role of digital media, and carrying out in-depth interviews with four different stakeholder groups: SOGIE refugees, gatekeepers, advocacy groups, and service providers.

The goal of the workshop was to strengthen our scholarly communities in a way that address challenges of SOGIE asylum and integration at an intra-Nordic level. This was the first time researchers from all the Nordic countries came together to organize qualitative cross-national knowledge about SOGIE refugees in the Nordic region.

The workshop concluded with the formation of QUEE-N (QUEEr refugee research Network), the purpose of which is to sustain Nordic research collaboration on SOGIE refugees. For more information on the network, feel free to contact Thomas Brorsen Smidt.

Nordic conference on gender equality and diversity within the Fire and Rescue Service

More and more fire and rescue services within the Nordic countries need to recruit part time and volunteer firefighters and respond to an increasing diverse population. However, the fire and rescue service is still a primarily male dominated place of work, with very few women or ethnic minorities represented.

To respond to the above-mentioned challenges, we wanted to offer the first Nordic conference on how to promote gender equality, diversity and social inclusion within the fire and rescue service to create a sustainable recruitment base and diverse workforce, which corresponds to, and reflects, the local community demands.

The conference took place in Malmö, Sweden, in November 2018.

Exporting Nordic models of fatherhood, gender egalitarianism and parental leave

This project researched Nordic models of fatherhood and gender equality as hotbeds of welfare innovation and explores to what extent some countries are trying to ‘import’ similar models. Specifically, the project focused on countries that had attempted to follow Nordic models of parental leave with father quotas namely Germany, Japan and Slovenia.

The project compiled research on motivators, forces (actors) and outcomes (take-up) of father quotas in Iceland, Norway and Sweden and investigate to what extent, if any these dimensions are transformed when applied elsewhere. The obvious example was how gender equality motivations might be exchanged for fertility concerns outside Nordic countries. The project initiated a framing of how policies are spread between countries, in particular how Nordic parental leave policies are perceived and used as examples elsewhere.

The project resulted in an article The Nordic Model of Father Quotas in Leave Policies: A Case of Policy Transfer? published in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 2021

Deconstructing structural inequality: gender equality in reindeer herding sámi communities

The primary purpose of the project was to develop a network to promote dialogue on gender-specific structural inequality in the reindeer herder communities. The participants contributed to the gathering of existing knowledge on the current situation of Sámi women in reindeer herding communities, in order to develop an understanding of the variation of roles of men and women in the communities. The project identified concerns and challenges that exist within the reindeer herding communities, related to gender inequality. The promotion of knowledge is aimed at developing recommendations for possible concrete actions in order to promote gender equality in the reindeer herder Sámi communities and in the Sámi community as a whole.

The overarching questions this project highlighted include: how structural inequality is perceived amongst Sámi reindeer herding communities, in particular of the Sámi inhabiting regions of the three Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden); what kind of gender-specific effects structural inequality may have in reindeer herding activities; how does structural inequality hinder, or negatively influence, the equal access to herding as livelihood practices for women; and how such practices provide implications for the enjoyment of human rights for the Sámi women.

The project resulted in a tool kit and a book Indigenous Peoples and Gender Equality with Special Reference to Sámi Reindeer Herding.

Co-creating gender equality from classroom to organization: Innovations in Nordic welfare

The project brought together a diverse set of stakeholders in three Nordic countries to participate in an exploratory co-creative workshop combining three interrelated topics: T1 Gender-influenced educational choices by young people, T2 Problems due to norms of masculinity in leadership, T3 Gendered organizational norms.

After a initial period of methodology development between the three partner teams, three workshops will took place in succession in three Nordic locations, namely Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. The workshops included business and academic leaders, educators, managers, students, volunteers, NGOs, educational institutions, and youth/student organisations, allowing them to discuss the topics in one shared forum as well as co-create solutions to these issues. Using the workshops as data, the research team analysed the insights to synthesize outcomes, i.e. policy and action strategies, and methods for addressing such organizational challenges in a Nordic context.

Results from the project is available on the digital platform:

Updated 2 August 2021