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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.

Sexual harassment in the health sector

The health sector has a high share of part-time and temporary employments, as well as high rates of sick leave. As such, it is particularly vulnerable to different forms of power abuse.

This project will develop a Nordic network for mapping how Nordic municipalities counteract sexual harassment in the health sector. The comparative work will result in a booklet on how to work pro-active to counteract sexual harassments.

The results will be presented in conjunction with a Nordic conference. It will also be available in the different municipalities.

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.

Equality in isolated labour markets (EQUIL)

According to ideals about gender equality, both men and women are presumed to take part in labour market activities and caring for the family, but we know very little about how such ideals are negotiated in areas with restricted employment opportunities. This project compares three relatively isolated areas in the Nordic region: Narsaq in South Greenland (pop. 1,600); Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands (pop. 4,600) and Læsø in Denmark (pop. 1,800). The project aims at understanding local strategies and gender roles among men and women living in relatively isolated areas in terms of making a living, maintaining ties to the local community, and potentially achieve gender equality.

Findings are expected to differ substantially among the three locations due to different geographic realities as well as different historic, economic and demographic trajectories. Nevertheless, we expect to derive valuable new insights from the comparison, as knowledge gained from such research can contribute to planning of sustainable demographic and economic development, and deepen our understanding of the role of place in such developments.

Gender equal parenting – equal work life

The uneven distribution of women’s and men’s paid and unpaid work is one explanation for inequality in working life, and in society at large. Parental insurance is crucial to women’s wage levels, but as long as women take a greater responsibility for children, equality in the working life cannot be achieved.

This project researches the systems for parental insurance in the Nordic countries to see how they affect women’s work and men’s withdrawal of parental benefit. The results are compiled in a report where suggestions were given on how the systems can be improved to increase equality. The results were presented to Nordic decision makers at a launch in Stockholm and disseminated through campaign work in Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

The project wants to influence decision-makers in the Nordic countries to drive the development forward in terms of equal parenting, and to help achieve the goals of equal opportunities for care, power and influence for women and men in the Nordic countries.

Gender equality in workplace-based learning in the Nordic countries

Many young people still choose their occupation by gender. One way to support young people to dare to choose and pursue an untraditional career choice is to support their early contact with working life. For most, the contact occurs during vocational education in workplace-based learning. Workplace supervisors need support to pay attention to uneven structures. Teachers in school need to prepare students for what they may meet in working life and give them strategies to navigate.

The purpose of this project was to highlight good examples, identify success factors, and provide tools for change to schools and workplaces. Equality in workplace-based learning was a Nordic idea and experience exchange. The project charts the methods we already used, shared them in networking meetings, and documented experiences on the web. The aim was to provide tools that could be used in gender equality work in education.

An equal and diverse forestry industry in the Nordic region

The green shift will require innovation and innovation in forestry. A diversity of knowledge and experience is needed. So far, this has been a male dominated industry. We wanted to engage more women and young people into a future in forestry.

Kvinner i Skogbruket in Norway, Spillkråkan in Sweden and Skógræktin in Iceland are all organisations working within forestry. The project carried out a pre-project in 2017, together with the Foundation KUN, which works for gender equality and diversity.

The Project gathered representatives from the four organizations to a three-day seminar to discuss how we can achieve closer co-operation between the Nordic countries. The seminar resulted in a plan for a long-term co-operation.

Women in the Police

The main purpose of the NBNP project “Women in the Police” is to focus on gender equality and diversity in police organizations. Special attention is directed towards the possibilities to combine working life with family life, and on discussing the working conditions women, but also men, meet in a male dominated organization. The project will focus on the recruitment processes of the police in the Nordic and Baltic countries from a gender perspective.

A seminar titled ‘Women in the police: from patrolling to leadership’ will be arranged in Riga in 2017.  Best practices and information on national actions taken in the Nordic and Baltic countries to increase the number of women in the police force will be presented and discussed. The aim is to find out whether the gender equality strategies have resulted in more women at all levels in the police. Did the strategies have the desired effect?

Latest updated 19 November 2019