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NIKK and the Nordic Council of Ministers at the Nordic Forum

The Nordic Forum in Malmö 2014 is set to begin next week. The event is the Nordic women’s movement’s big conference for women’s rights, and NIKK will of course be there. See below for information about all the activities that we and the Nordic Council of Ministers will arrange at the conference.


Booth D:27 in the exhibition area – free and open to everyone!

Nordic Forum

NIKK and the Nordic Council of Ministers are sharing a booth at the Nordic Forum – more exactly booth D27! We will present our resources, talk about gender equality in the Nordic region and celebrate that the Nordic gender equality cooperation turns 40 this year! We will also offer an online quiz – come and find out what you know about gender equality in the Nordic region.

Project café: The Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme for gender equality
Saturday 14 June, 2:00 – 5:00 pm at our own booth D:27

On Saturday afternoon we are expecting a lot of people at our booth as we have invited all Forum participants who have received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme. We will mingle, share experiences, present our work and activities to each other and discuss the Nordic gender equality cooperation in practice. Come join us – it’s free of charge and open to everyone!

Programme for conference participants
Projects granted money from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme for gender equality

NIKK spade symbol

The Nordic Forum will showcase examples of Nordic gender equality cooperation in practice though presentations of the projects that received money from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme in 2013 to participate at the Nordic Forum. Here is a list of Forum activities. (Note: The activities are not arranged by NIKK.) Several of the events are held in a Scandinavian language. Here we list only the ones that are offered in English.

Youth empowerment and non-formal education with gender perspective
Thursday 12 June, 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Venue: Gudrun
Organiser: The Åland Islands Peace Institute/Nordic-Baltic Network for Gender Equality in Youth Work

The workshop is aimed at examining how youth activities with gender perspective can empower young people to challenge gender stereotypes and facilitate their personal, social and economic fulfilment. Thematic concepts of gender perspective, gendered norms and empowerment will be illustrated by best practice examples of Nordic-Baltic experiences of the Girl and Boy group method. The workshop form is a moderated panel discussion with NGO representatives from Åland, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania consisting of:

  • Justina Donielaite, Project Manager, The Åland Islands Peace Institute
  • Liene Gatere, Youth Affairs Coordinator, Resource Center for Women “Marta”, Latvia
  • Aiste Jankauskaite , Project Manager, Missing Persons’ Families Support Center, Lithuania
  • Kalle Laanterä, Project Manager, Poikien Talo (Boys’ House), Finland
  • Malin Söderberg, Project Manager, The Åland Islands Peace Institute
  • Mari Uusitalo-Herttua, Director, Tyttöjen Talo (Girls’ House), Finland


Women, Peace and Security: Are the Nordic countries leading the way?
Friday 13 June, 12:00 – 2:30 pm. Venue: Taikon
Organiser: Operation 1325, Forum 1325 Norway, 1325 Network Finland and WILPF Denmark

When adopted in 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was in many ways groundbreaking. The Nordic countries were among the first countries to develop national action plans for its implementation. But where do we stand today, almost 15 years later? Nordic experts and civil society representatives working on women, peace and security present an overview of todays’ national implementation of Resolution 1325 and the work ahead in the Nordic countries.

  • Åsa Eldén, Secretary General, Operation 1325 (se)
  • Lis Garval, Former Minister, Counsellor on Gender, Peace and Security (dk)
  • Pirjo Jukarainen, PhD docent, University of Tampere and Acaide Oy (fi)
  • Maj Britt Theorin, Former President, Operation 1325 (se)
  • Torunn Tryggestad, Researcher, PRIO – The Peace Research Institute Oslo (no)
  • Kristiina Vainio, Vice President, 1325 Network Finland (fi)
  • Helga Þórólfsdóttir, Independent Consultant on Gender and Security for the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs (is)

The Nordic model: Prostitution is violence against women
Friday 13 June, 02:00 – 03:30 pm. Venue: Furuhjelm
Organiser: Nordisk nettverk mot sexkjøp (Nordic network against sex trade)

What is the ideology behind the Nordic model? How far have we reached in our fight in the Nordic countries for the right to a life free of prostitution? What kind of political opposition do we meet in our struggle for a society where women are not commodified? We will present the ideological background for the legislation and provide an overview of the current situation in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

  • Tanja Auvinen, Nuorten Exit / Exit ry
  • Kajsa Ekis Ekman,
  • Nina Hedegaard, the 8 March Initiative
  • Hanne Helth, the 8 March Initiative
  • Wiveca Holst, Roks
  • Asta Håland, the Feminist Group Ottar
  • Rachel Moran, SPACE International
  • Tanja Rahm, SPACE International
  • Ane Stø, the Feminist Group Ottar

“Post 2015”
Saturday 14 June, 10:00 – 11:30 am.  Venue: Pankhurst
Organiser: The Nordic national committees of UN Women

With 2015 fast approaching, various processes have been initiated in order to define the post-2015 agenda. There is widespread agreement in civil society that a more vigorous commitment to human rights and structural changes implies a different agenda for post-2015. Issues that will be emphasised in the seminar are gender norms and stereotypes, gender mainstreaming, inclusion and protection of SRHR, and elimination of all forms of violence against women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director UN Woman

Journalism with a feministic perspective
Saturday 14 June, 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Venue: Taikon
Organiser: Allt är Möjligt and Feministiskt Perspektiv

Exchange of experiences on gender in news media representation and journalistic content. Participants from Estonia, Iceland and Sweden will present the latest from each context on monitoring and producing gender aware journalism. Considering the goals regarding gender and media in the Beijing Platform of Action, and focusing on visions for a journalism with a feministic perspective.

  • Thora Kristin Asgeirsdottir, web editor, Smugan
  • Anna-Klara Bratt, editor-in-chief, Feministiskt Perspektiv
  • Maria Edström, researcher, Nordicom
  • Reet Laja, chairperson, ENUT
  • Jenny Rönngren, Allt är Möjligt – moderator

Media activism
Saturday 14 June, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.  Venue: Taikon
Organiser: Feministiskt Perspektiv, Allt är Möjligt

Seminar for sharing experiences, methods and best practices on media activism against sexism in advertising and media content. Context, examples and visions in Sweden, Estonia and Iceland. A networking opportunity for panellists and audience members to explore possibilities of media activism based on the goals regarding gender and media of the Beijing Platform of Action.

  • Ilvi Cannon, board member, ENUT
  • Björg Eva Erlendsdottir, journalist, Stigamót
  • Eva Lindholm, Allt är Möjligt – moderator
  • Simone Lindsten, president, Allt är Möjligt

A United North for UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security
Sunday 15 June, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Venue: Furuhjelm
Organiser: Operation 1325, Forum 1325 Norway, 1325 Network Finland and WILPF Denmark

This workshop will gather specialised civil society actors working with UNSCR1325 and women, peace & security to an interactive meeting. We will focus on the Nordic countries’ NAPs and our governments’ processes of developing, implementing and monitoring these. What can we learn from each country’s NAP and processes? What are our different experiences and what methods do we use to influence decision makers? Join us and share your own ideas or just learn from colleagues working in the same field!

  • Ida Harsløf, Co-president, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Denmark (dk)
  • Magnea Marinósdóttir, Advisor on Women, Peace and Security (is)
  • Elina Multanen, Executive Director, Finland National Committee for UN Women (fi)
  • Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (uk)
  • Jon Rian, Program advisor, FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development (no)
  • Maj Britt Theorin, Former President, Operation 1325 (se)
Latest updated 26 September 2020