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Nordic gender equality and LGBTI co-operation

The Nordic countries have been co-operating in the area of gender equality through the Nordic Council of Ministers since 1974. In January 2020, this co-operation was extended, and now also includes work for equal rights, treatment and opportunities for LGBTI people in the Nordic countries. These pages describe what co-operation in the area of gender equality and LGBTI looks like today.


Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands share many similarities while policies in each of these countries has some differences. This means that we can benefit greatly from cooperating, discussing policy and seeing which strategies are the most effective for achieving common goals.

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LGBTI is an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex. This abbreviation is used in Nordic, and many international, contexts.


Nordic Gender Equality Fund and Nordic LGBTI Fund

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Gender Equality Fund and the Nordic LGBTI Fund awards funding to projects in which at least three organisations, from at least three Nordic countries, work together to promote gender equality and work for equal rights, treatment and opportunities for LGBTI people in the Nordic countries.

Thanks to this co-operation, knowledge is growing and being shared across borders. We are finding common solutions and learning from each other. Since 2013, some 60 projects have been funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund. The Nordic LGBTI Fund will be issuing a call for proposals for the first time in autumn 2021.

NIKK administers these Funds on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

More on The Nordic Gender Equality Fund »


The Gender Calendar

Here you will find Nordic and international conferences, meetings, seminars, call for papers, doctoral courses and more. Our calendar is based on GenderKalenderN – a collaboration between national units on gender equality and gender research in the Nordic region, stemming back over ten years.

To the Gender Calendar online »