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Nordic Gender Effect

This project aimed to spread Nordic experiences related to environmental management, gender equality and social welfare in order to contribute to global sustainable development. The Nordic Council of Ministers, which coordinated the initiative, asked NIKK to serve as a cooperation partner in the area of gender equality.

Gender equality has been on the Nordic agenda for over 40 years. Several progressive gender equality reforms have been implemented, including individual taxation and gender-neutral parental insurance, making the Nordic countries pioneers in the field. The intention was for the new prime minister initiative to contribute to the international cooperation around the UN’s 17 global sustainable development goals, of which gender equality is one. The three main themes of the initiative were named Nordic Green, Nordic Gender Effect and Nordic Food and Welfare.

NIKK was a partner of the Nordic Council of Ministers within the framework of the Nordic Gender Effect, a flagship project under the prime minister initiative. The aim of the project was to gather Nordic research and knowledge in order to contribute to more effective international efforts in the areas of gender equality (Sustainable Development Goal 5) and decent work (Sustainable Development Goal 8). A number of focus areas where the Nordic experiences are considered valuable were identified, including parental leave systems, childcare and gender-equal organisation and leadership.

The first year of the three-year Nordic Gender Effect project was spent gathering and packaging material. In the second and third years, there was a focus on presenting and disseminating the material and its message.