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Nordic knowledge on sexual harassment: a pilot study

Through its gender equality cooperation, the Nordic Council of Ministers initiated a research-based pilot study to highlight gaps in knowledge on sexual harassment in working life, and to draw up proposals on the action to be taken. NIKK was tasked with carrying out the pilot study, which was completed in May 2020.

The Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality have also decided to fund a Nordic research initiative which, based on the proposals from the pilot study, will contribute towards increasing knowledge of sexual harassment in working life and will form the basis for future initiatives to combat sexual harassment. There is an obvious need within the Nordic region for greater knowledge about gender-based vulnerability in working life and sustainable ways to tackle the problem. Investigations and mappings have previously been initiated in the individual countries, but there was no joint Nordic overview.

The aims of the assignment were threefold:

  • A research-based mapping of recently completed and ongoing research projects, mappings and other relevant studies within the Nordic region related to gender based vulnerability in the labour market.
  • A summary of the comparative Nordic need for knowledge that has emerged within the framework of Nordic cooperation work on #MeToo issues.
  • A presentation of how a three-year research programme should be structured. Thematic content, funding, advertising formats and follow-up and evaluation are included in the assignment.

The project has resulted in the publication Sexually harassed at work: An overview of the research in the Nordic countries and a presentation of how a three-year research programme should be structured. Read more about the Nordic research funding initiative on sexual harassment at work here.

Project timespan

Commissioned by
Nordic Council of Ministers

Susanna Young Håkansson

Project budget
500 000 DKK